bootlick

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

boot +‎ lick

Verb[edit]

bootlick (third-person singular simple present bootlicks, present participle bootlicking, simple past and past participle bootlicked)

  1. (transitive) To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior.
    • 2003, Todd DePastino, Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America‎, page 81:
      He had no social position to protect, no employer to bootlick.
  2. (intransitive) To engage in fawning, servile behavior.

Noun[edit]

bootlick (plural bootlicks)

  1. (US) A toady or sycophant.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)