brownnose

verb brown·nose \ ˈbrau̇(n)-ˌnōz \

Definition of brownnose

brownnosed; brownnosing; brownnoses
informal + disparaging
: 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: 1938

in the meaning defined above


BROWNNOSE Defined for English Language Learners

brownnose

Definition of brownnose for English Language Learners

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


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