noun (plural yes-men)informal
A weak person who always agrees with their political leader or their superior at work.
- But anyone who believes he was a puppet or a yes-man has never had to meet his steely glare or attempt to win an argument with him.
- He has spent the last few years purging the army to assure its loyalty, stuffing it with boot-clicking yes-men.
- He accused the president of surrounding himself with yes-men, rewarding only sycophancy and punishing dissent.
sycophant, toady, lackey, flunkey, minion, stooge, kowtower, truckler, groveller, crawler, creep, fawner, flatterer, lickspittle, Uriah Heep, puppet, cat's paw, instrument, pawn, underling, hanger-on, camp follower, doormat, spaniel
British informal poodle, dogsbody
North American informal suck-up
Indian informal chamcha
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: yes-man
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.