: a person who agrees with everything that is said
especially : one who endorses or supports without criticism every opinion or proposal of an associate or superior

Examples of yes-man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The codependency with — and resentment of — various yes-men. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2024 The Larry David of the show is an irritable man with a wife (Cheryl Hines), who eventually leaves him, and a sidekick (Jeff Garlin), who is his manager and yes-man. Boris Kachka, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 Now trying to make a comeback, Jocelyn is surrounded by yes-men and people who want to take advantage of her. Jasmine Li, Vulture, 31 May 2023 Still, running against Mr. Trump so directly will force Mr. Pence to confront the contradictions inherent in having served as the president’s yes-man for four years through the turmoil of the Trump administration. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, 15 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yes-man was in 1912

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“Yes-man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yes-man. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person who agrees with every opinion or suggestion of a boss

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