gnathonic

[ na-thon-ik ]
/ næˈθɒn ɪk /

adjective

sycophantic; fawning.

Nearby words

  1. gnathite,
  2. gnatho-,
  3. gnathodynamics,
  4. gnathodynamometer,
  5. gnathological,
  6. gnathoplasty,
  7. gnathostoma,
  8. gnathostome,
  9. gnathostomiasis,
  10. gnatty

Origin of gnathonic

1630–40; < Latin gnathōnicus, derivative of Gnathōn- (stem of Gnathō) name of a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence; see -ic

Related formsgna·thon·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gnathonic

gnathonic

/ (næˈθɒnɪk) /

adjective

literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic
Derived Formsgnathonically, adverb

Word Origin for gnathonic

C17: from Latin gnathōnicus, from Gnathō, such a character in the Eunuchus, Roman comedy by Terence

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