verb \ˈbra(n)-ˌnōz\

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

Full Definition of BROWNNOSE

transitive verb
:  to ingratiate oneself with :  curry favor with
brownnose noun
brown·nos·er noun

Examples of BROWNNOSE

  1. He has been brownnosing everyone in the company just to get a bigger office.


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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