[ boot-lik ]
/ ˈbutˌlɪk /

verb (used with object)

to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to.

verb (used without object)

to be a toady.

Nearby words

  1. bootlegged,
  2. bootlegger,
  3. bootlegging,
  4. bootless,
  5. bootlessly,
  6. bootloader,
  7. boots,
  8. boots and all,
  9. boots and saddles,
  10. bootstrap

Origin of bootlick

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; boot1 + lick

Related formsboot·lick·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boot-licker

  • You'll see what a boot-licker he'll be after he puts on a collar.

    The Quest|Frederik van Eeden

British Dictionary definitions for boot-licker


/ (ˈbuːtˌlɪk) /


informal to seek favour by servile or ingratiating behaviour towards (someone, esp someone in authority); toady
Derived Formsbootlicker, noun

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Word Origin and History for boot-licker



also bootlicker, "toady, servile follower," 1846, from boot (n.1) + agent noun from lick (v.). Foot-licker in the same sense is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper