Definition of brownnose
informal + disparaging
: 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: 1938
BROWNNOSE Defined for English Language Learners
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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