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verb (used with object)
  1. to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be a toady.
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Origin of bootlick

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; boot1 + lick
Related formsboot·lick·er, noun


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1, 2. flatter, fawn; apple-polish.
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Examples from the Web for bootlicker

Historical Examples

  • You have turned master, haven't you—bootlicker ordering me to stand watch!

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock

    T. S. Stribling

  • Henry, live it like a gentleman and not like an understrapper and bootlicker!

    In the Heart of a Fool

    William Allen White

British Dictionary definitions for bootlicker


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