brown·​nose ˈbrau̇(n)-ˌnōz How to pronounce brownnose (audio)
brownnosed; brownnosing; brownnoses

transitive verb

informal + disparaging
: to ingratiate oneself with : curry favor with
brownnose noun
brownnoser noun

Examples of brownnose in a Sentence

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

Word History


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of brownnose was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Brownnose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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