Definition of bootlicker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbuːtlɪkə/


An obsequious or servile person: he’s got bootlickers telling him what a big star he’s going to be
More example sentences
  • We would rather be that voice than the voice of the sycophants and bootlickers and those hoping for a spot at the trough.
  • But while most of the defendants there were grovellers and bootlickers, he was not.
  • Everyone knows that the helium-voiced bootlickers don't know a thing about the environment.
North American informal suck-up, brown-nose, brown-noser
British vulgar slang arse-licker, arse-kisser, bum-sucker
North American vulgar slang ass-kisser, suckhole
archaic toad-eater



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • What precedent is there for such servile bootlicking?
  • I confess, I'm a sycophant, even if my bootlicking inclines less toward, oh say, administration officials than foul-mouthed and amusing anti-propagandists.
  • An additional point is this: there's been a lot of really, really bad, banal, sugar-coated and bootlicking traditional art.
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