[ sik-uh-fuhnt, -fant, sahy-kuh- ]
/ ˈsɪk ə fənt, -ˌfænt, ˈsaɪ kə- /
a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
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Origin of sycophant
1530–40; <Latin sȳcophanta<Greek sȳkophántēs informer, equivalent to sŷko(n) fig + phan- (stem of phaínein to show) + -tēs agentive suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM sycophantsyc·o·phan·tic, syc·o·phan·ti·cal, syc·o·phant·ish, adjectivesyc·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, syc·o·phant·ish·ly, adverbsyc·o·phant·ism, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for sycophant
“Forty,” said Puffin sycophantically, as he thought over what he would say about himself when the old man had finished.Miss Mapp|Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for sycophant
/ (ˈsɪkəfənt) /
a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady
Derived forms of sycophantsycophancy, noun
Word Origin for sycophant
C16: from Latin sӯcophanta, from Greek sukophantēs, literally: the person showing a fig, apparently referring to the fig sign used in making an accusation, from sukon fig + phainein to show; sense probably developed from ``accuser'' to ``informer, flatterer''
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