brownnose

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

Definition of brownnose

transitive verb

informal + disparaging
: to ingratiate oneself with : curry favor with

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Other Words from brownnose

brownnose noun
brownnoser noun

Examples of brownnose in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of brownnose

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brownnose

from the implication that servility is equivalent to having one's nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought

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The first known use of brownnose was in 1938

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“Brownnose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownnose. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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brownnose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brownnose

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

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