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brownnose

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verb brown·nose \ˈbrau̇(n)-ˌnōz\

Simple Definition of brownnose

  • : to try to get the approval of (an important or powerful person) by praise, flattery, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brownnose

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to ingratiate oneself with :  curry favor with

brownnose

noun

brownnoser

noun

Examples of brownnose in a sentence

  1. 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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