verb (used without object), brown-nosed, brown-nos·ing.
verb (used with object), brown-nosed, brown-nos·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for brown-nose
Word Origin for brown-nose
Word Origin and History for brown-nose
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).