brownnose

play
verb brown·nose \ˈbrau̇(n)-ˌnōz\

Definition of brownnose

informal + disparaging

  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


BROWNNOSE Defined for English Language Learners

brownnose

play
verb

Definition of brownnose for English Language Learners

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

Learn More about brownnose


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up brownnose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lacking social experience or grace

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!