swarmy vs. smarmy

For my entire life i always thought someone like a car salesman is called “swarmy.” But today I was corrected. It’s “smarmy.” That just sounds wrong.

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laura k.
laura k.
17 years ago

is a car salesman a pack of bees? then he’d be swarmy.

Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

Swarmy? What does that mean? Smarmy is the word Swarthy is a good word too. Ever heard that one?

Donna
Donna
11 years ago

Swarmy is an unscrupulous person. Smarmy is an smug obnoxious person Swarthy is a dark skinned person

Carl VanDyke
Carl VanDyke
5 years ago

Swarthmy is a dark skinned person who is either smarmy or swarmy.

I always thought the word was swarmy until today.

Mel
Mel
4 years ago

It’s always been swarmy for me. (Pronounced sch-warmey actually like schmuck sound to indicate the distaste with which you have for the arrogant smile of the git!). It is in Scotland at least…

Sharon Williamson
Sharon Williamson
3 years ago

And fourteen years later, people are still making this vocabular discovery. Thank you Garden of Words!

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