One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]NZ, Australian
Behave in an ingratiating manner.‘he used to hang around here smoodging to Mum’
blandishments, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, complimentsView synonyms
- ‘He stated that he had never smooged to any boss in Mort's Dock or told them anything.’
- ‘He genuinely smoodges up to the camera and seems to enjoy having his picture taken.’
nounmass nounNZ, Australian
Affectionate flattery.‘what's wrong with a bit of smoodge between friends?’homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addressesView synonyms
Early 20th century: probably an alteration of dialect smouch ‘kiss, sidle up to’.
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