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 in a sentence
He has been brownnosing everyone in the company just to get a bigger office.
Origin and Etymology 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
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