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tr. & intr.v. boot·licked, boot·lick·ing, boot·licks
To behave like a sycophant toward (someone) or behave like a sycophant. See Synonyms at fawn1.

boot′lick′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bootlicker - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respectbootlicker - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady, lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage


[ˈbuːtlɪkəʳ] Nlameculos m
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I should be happy and content but one of my colleagues, who is not as good a worker as I am, gets more recognition and a higher salary than I do merely because he is a bootlicker yet we hold the same position.
As for the bootlicker, he chased after the insult with all his might, fearing that he would die of hunger.
People like Angui Diing Diing, a close relative to the governor and a guy known for his notoriety of gossip and backbiting has proven to be a certified bootlicker who will never wink when he is on a mission of tittle-tattle.
biti bizantinec--'be a Byzantine' (= be a bootlicker, be a servile and smooth person)
As Monti now struggles to stem Italy's nosebleed from Spain's bailout, he is under mounting suspicions, among some Italians, that he is a bootlicker to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Clarke Cooper, who pilloried HRC as a bootlicker for the White House for endorsing Obama 18 months prior to the November election, called Griffin a maverick "who knows achieving victory will require advocacy and champions on both sides of the aisle.
Then, there are Tariq, the chief reporter, Nilofar Razdan, the features editor, who quits after the management refuses to give her leave to pursue a course in creative writing, and ends up being a well known writer highlighting the plight of the deprived Kashmiri Pandit community; Bayhooda, the bootlicker, who "knows Hindi as I know Portuguese"; Kamal, the chief photographer; the Misras - P.
Earlier this season Tevez called Neville "a big mouth and a bootlicker and a moron" and that's clearly out of order - the first 'and' is totally unnecessary.
The Boabi is not a bootlicker nor the Spanish Governor-General a Solomon, for the conquerors caused the conflict at hand, not the conquered; and that is why the local ruler charges the conquistador's representative with resolving it.
There's Marcel the cuddling bootlicker of ladies, writing worshipfully to his own father's mistress.
Denny refers to the three soldiers as a psychopath, a homicidal maniac, and a bootlicker.
If so, you're a bootlicker, house-nigga, or the like.