bootlick

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS


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

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Examples from the Web for bootlick

  • You have to be a bit of a bootlick, and people will give you tips, which is against all scout rules.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park|Walter Prichard Eaton


British Dictionary definitions for bootlick

bootlick

/ (ˈbuːtˌlɪk) /

verb

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

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