What is another word for smarmy?

Pronunciation: [smˈɑːmi] (IPA)

Smarmy is an adjective that describes someone or something as overly ingratiating, obsequious, or insincere. Some synonyms for smarmy include oily, unctuous, fawning, servile, and sycophantic. Other words that can be used to describe a person or behavior that is smarmy include slimy, ingratiating, cringing, hypocritical, and phony. Smarmy behavior may include excessive compliments, insincere flattery, and an overall attempt to manipulate or gain favor. It's important to recognize smarmy behavior and language so that you can avoid becoming a victim of its disingenuous and manipulative tactics.

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What are the hypernyms for Smarmy?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for smarmy?

Smarmy is an adjective that describes a person as excessively flattering or insincere. Antonyms for smarmy would include words like blunt, frank, sincere, genuine, and direct. These words represent qualities that are the exact opposite of smarmy behavior. A blunt person would not sugarcoat their words, but would instead be straightforward and honest. Someone who is frank would also be truthful without any hidden motives. A sincere person would be genuine in their actions and words, while someone who is direct would not beat around the bush, but get straight to the point. These antonyms for smarmy represent qualities that are highly valued in many cultures and societies, as they reflect authenticity, purity, and integrity.

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Famous quotes with Smarmy

  • My generation comes from a world that has been molded by crass TV programs, movies, comic books, popular music, advertisements and commercials. My brain is a huge garbage dump of all this stuff and it is this, mainly, that my work comes out of, for better or for worse. I hope that whatever synthesis I make of all this crap contains something worthwhile, that it's something other than just more smarmy entertainment—or at least, that it's genuine high quality entertainment. I also hope that perhaps it's revealing of something, maybe. On the other hand, I want to avoid becoming pretentious in the eagerness to give my work deep meanings! I have an enormous ego and must resist the urge to come on like a know-it-all. Some of the imagery in my work is sorta scary because I'm basically a fearful, pessimistic person. I'm always seeing the predatory nature of the universe, which can harm you or kill you very easily and very quickly, no matter how well you watch your step. The way I see it, we are all just so much chopped liver. We have this great gift of human intelligence to help us pick our way through this treacherous tangle, but unfortunately we don't seem to value it very much. Most of us are not brought up in environments that encourage us to appreciate and cultivate our intelligence. To me, human society appears mostly to be a living nightmare of ignorant, depraved behavior. We're all depraved, me included. I can't help it if my work reflects this sordid view of the world. Also, I feel that I have to counteract all the lame, hero-worshipping crap that is dished out by the mass-media in a never-ending deluge.
    Robert Crumb
  • L.A. is a nightmare place, man. You'll always meet this one guy out in L.A, you always – this real smarmy guy. He always says this: "Yeah, I love calling back east January 1. 'What are all you doin'? Snowed in, huh? Bummer. Me? I'm out by the pool! Ha ha ha haaa!'" What a this guy is. It's why I used to love to call L.A. when I lived in New York: "What are y'all doin'? Talking to TV producers, huh? Bummer. Me? I'm reading a book! Yeah, we're thinkin' back East. Yeah, we're evolving. Is that the Big One I hear in the background? Bye, you lizard scum! Bye!" Ha ha ha ha! It's gone, it's gone, it's gone. It's gone. All the shitty shows are gone, all the idiots screamin' in the fuckin' wind are dead, I love it. Leaving nothing but a cool, beautiful serenity called … Arizona Bay. Ha ha ha! That's right. When L.A. falls in the fuckin' ocean and is flushed away, all it will leave is Arizona Bay.
    Bill Hicks
  • Ah cannae feel any remorse, only anger and contempt. Ah seethed when ah saw that fuckin Union Jack oan his coffin, and that smarmy, wimpy cunt ay an officer, obviously oot ay his fuckin depth here, tryin to talk tae my Ma. Worse still, these Glasgow cunts, the auld boy's side, are here through en masse. They're fill ay shite aboot how Billy died in service ay his country n all that servile Hun crap. Billy wis a daft cunt, pure and simple. No a hero, no a martyr, just a daft cunt.
    Irvine Welsh
  • Ah've never felt anything about countries, other than total disgust. They should fuckin abolish the lot of them. Kill every fuckin parasite politician that ever mouthed lies and fascist platitudes in a shell-suit and a smarmy smile.
    Irvine Welsh

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