Simple Definition of brownnose
: to try to get the approval of (an important or powerful person) by praise, flattery, etc.
Full Definition of brownnose
: to ingratiate oneself with : curry favor with
Examples of brownnose
He has been brownnosing everyone in the company just to get a bigger office.
Origin of brownnose
from the implication that servility is equivalent to having one's nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought
First Known Use: circa 1939
Rhymes with brownnose
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