Thesaurus

truckle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of truckle

  1. to use flattery or the doing of favors in order to win approval especially from a superior the kind of guy who truckles to anyone who has even a suspicion of money Synonyms of truckle apple-polish, bootlick, fuss, kowtow, suck (up), toady, fawnWords Related to truckle drool, gush, slaver, slobber; endear, ingratiate; court, woo; adulate, idolize, worship; blandish, cajole, coax, flatter, overpraise, soft-soap; cower, cringe, grovel; abase, debase, demean; defer, submit, yieldNear Antonyms of truckle despise, disdain, scorn; gibe (or jibe), jeer, scoff; brave, challenge, defy

Synonym Discussion of truckle

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention.
    • waiters fawning over a celebrity
toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude.
    • toadying to his boss
truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior.
    • truckling to a powerful lobbyist
cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility.
    • a cringing sycophant
cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people.
    • cowering before a bully

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