verb Date: 1845 transitive verb to try to gain favor with through a servile or obsequious manner intransitive verb to act obsequiouslybootlicker noun

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  • Bootlick — Boot lick , n. A toady; a bootlicker. [Low, U. S.] Bartlett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bootlick — ☆ bootlick [bo͞ot′lik΄ ] vt., vi. Informal to try to gain favor with (someone) by fawning, servility, etc. bootlicker n …   English World dictionary

  • bootlick — bootlicker, n. /booht lik /, v.t. 1. to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to. v.i. 2. to be a toady. [1835 45, Amer.; BOOT1 + LICK] Syn. 1, 2. flatter, fawn; apple polish. * * * …   Universalium

  • bootlick — verb a) To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior. b) To engage in fawning, servile behavior …   Wiktionary

  • bootlick — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior: cringe, fawn, grovel, kowtow, slaver, toady, truckle. Informal: apple polish, brownnose, cotton. Slang: suck up. Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance,… …   English dictionary for students

  • bootlick — v. flatter; grovel, be servile; kiss up to (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bootlick — boot·lick …   English syllables

  • bootlick — boot•lick [[t]ˈbutˌlɪk[/t]] v. t. 1) to seek the favor of in a servile, degraded way 2) to be a toady • Etymology: 1835–45, amer. boot′lick er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • bootlick — verb try to gain favor by cringing or flattering He is always kowtowing to his boss • Syn: ↑fawn, ↑toady, ↑truckle, ↑kowtow, ↑kotow, ↑suck up • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fawn — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. cringe, grovel, toady, truckle, cower, ingratiate, curry favor. See servility, flattery. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cringe, flatter, court, grovel, crouch, bow, stoop, kneel, creep, fall on one s… …   English dictionary for students

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