smarmy


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smarmy

1. Excessively or insincerely obsequious or ingratiating. I told the smarmy salesperson that I didn't need any help, but he kept pestering me the whole time I was looking at cars. I hate the smarmy waitstaff at that restaurant. I just want to eat some food, not be waited on hand a foot.
2. Sleazy, lewd, or repulsive. There's this smarmy guy at the bar who keeps hitting on me every time I go up to buy a drink. My uncle's tells the same smarmy jokes every time the whole family gets together.

smarmy

(ˈsmɑrmi)
mod. insincere and obsequious. He’s obnoxious but brazen rather than smarmy.
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I've never seen an estate agent ever want to get rid of prospective buyers as fast as this smarmy man wanted to.
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In fact, they were quick to jump on every smarmy story leaked by the right about the Clinton administration's exit--yet virtually failed to report any of the Bush administration's apologies over and retractions of lies and errors--for example, the supposed looting of Air Force One by Clinton staffers which proved to be false.
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Primarily a portrait of suburban teenage angst, Ginger Snaps feels entirely contemporary, yet it avoids the smarmy self-consciousness of most current horror films.
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If the author of this sometimes smarmy stage show expected his largely Catholic audience to be amused by this ceremonial throwback, he would have been surprised when, almost in unison, the people in the seats joined in to sing, "Bring flowers of the fairest, bring flowers of the rarest" with the actors on stage.
He is good on Holbein, on David's late portraits, and on Michelangelo, Mantegna, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Ad Reinhardt; a little boring about Rembrandt's and David's history paintings; and full-out smarmy about his pet passion, Gericault, who provides the locus for some terribly disingenuous-sounding teenage reminiscences, as well as for a fatuous, transparently competitive dig at Julian Barnes, who has also "claimed" The Raft of the Medusa, in his History of the World in 10% Chapters.
The smug, humorless political correctness of every smarmy line she uttered made me cringe on behalf of progressive women everywhere.
Forty-five years later when Hurok artists Margot Fonteyn and Rodolf Nureyev appeared on television's answer to vaudeville, "The Ed Sullivan Show," they stood an excellent change of being preceded by Topo Gigio, a smarmy mechanical Italian mouse puppet, and followed by any one of a dozen crass stand-up comedians just in from Vegas.
High abstraction swathed in passive forms, suffocating circumlocutions, this and more we suffer in this dreadful display of sexless, nerve-numbing, smarmy crap.