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brown-nose

[ broun-nohz ]SEE DEFINITION OF brown-nose
  • as inapple-polish
  • as inadulate
  • as ingrovel

Synonyms for brown-nose

  • bootlick
  • butter up
  • curry favor
  • flatter
  • grovel
  • kiss someone's feet
  • kowtow
  • lick someone's boots
  • suck up to
  • sweet-talk
  • toady
  • truckle
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WORD ORIGIN

also brownnose, 1939, American English colloquial, said to be military slang originally, from brown (adj.) + nose (n.), "from the implication that servility is tantamount to having one's nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought" [Webster, 1961]. Related: Brown-noser, brown-nosing (both 1950).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BROWN-NOSE

adulate

verbflatter
  • apple polish
  • brown-nose
  • fall all over
  • fawn
  • gush
  • kiss feet
  • praise
  • worship

apple-polish

verbfawn
  • bootlick
  • brown-nose
  • butter up
  • curry favor
  • flatter
  • grovel
  • kiss someone's feet
  • kowtow
  • lick someone's boots
  • suck up to
  • sweet-talk
  • toady
  • truckle
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