\ ˈsmärm How to pronounce smarm (audio) \

Definition of smarm

: smarmy language or behavior

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But if Scalia’s defining trait was snark, Gorsuch’s might be smarm. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 What a great example of why college hoops has withstood all the smarm that surrounds it. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: XU-'Nova is basketball the way it oughta be," 10 Jan. 2018 But this week, the theater will offer a fuller sampling of Mr. Bates’s charm and smarm with a career-spanning retrospective. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "4 Film Series to Catch in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 2018 But Steve Bannon, in his 60 Minutes interview, has outdone them all for sheer outlandish smarm. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Bannon: Trump Sucks Up to Putin So He Can Help the Inner Cities," 11 Sep. 2017 Ian is eventually released from jail and Corporal MacGregor smarms and makes threats while eyeballing young Fergus. Roxane Gay, Glamour, "Outlander Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: So Much Wanting and Not Much Having," 17 Sep. 2017 While Peter appeared the perfect specimen, both fans and Rachel’s family questioned whether Bryan’s abundance of charm was actually smarm. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Happened on the Season Finale of The Bachelorette for People Who Didn’t Watch the Season Finale of The Bachelorette," 8 Aug. 2017 The building's smarm factor was reduced by a substantial degree. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Goodbye, Jason Chaffetz—For Now," 19 Apr. 2017 But Guadagnino and Chalamet figure it out, and Call Me by Your Name becomes a coming of age film—and absolutely a coming-out film—that replaces more familiar smarm and canned lesson-learning with something deeply sincere, kind, and perceptive. Richard Lawson,, "The Gorgeous Call Me by Your Name Makes Sundance Swoon," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of smarm

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smarm

back-formation from smarmy

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