Definition of brown-nose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrounˌnōz/
(also brownnose) informal


(also brown-noser)
A person who acts in a grossly obsequious way.
Example sentences
  • He trusts fewer and fewer goons henchmen ministers, preferring unelected brown-nosers.
  • I immediately ruled out those brown-nosers, though; spineless obedience is nice, but I couldn't depend on them to carry out dangerous tasks.
  • If you've ever been in a meeting with an indecisive supervisor and a gaggle of brown-nosers, you know the sort of energy this creates.


[with object]
Curry favor with (someone) by acting in an obsequious way: academics were brown-nosing the senior faculty [no object]: I dedicated a book to him—I was not brown-nosing
More example sentences
  • He would never have orchestrated or taken part in that miserable love-fest up in Boston where pretender after pretender fell in line to promote their own careers by brown-nosing the Democratic establishment.
  • But then, besides his politics (notable for lack of brown-nosing the likes of Donald Rumsfeld), Pinter is, horror, working class.
  • We too have a PM, John Howard, who is brown-nosing Bush every chance he gets.


The assumed result of ass-kissing.

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Syllabification: brown-nose

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