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brown·nose

or brown-nose (broun′nōz′)
tr.v. brown·nosed, brown·nos·ing, brown·nos·es or brown-nosed or brown-nos·ing or brown-nos·es Informal
To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.

[From the image of an obsequious person whose nose becomes soiled with excrement in kissing the buttocks of someone from whom favor is sought.]

brown′nose′ n.
brown′nos′er n.

brown-nose

vb
to be abjectly subservient (to); curry favour (with)
n
an abjectly subservient person; sycophant
[C20: from the notion that a subservient person kisses the backside of the person with whom he or she is currying favour]

brown′-nose`



v. -nosed, -nos•ing,
n. Slang. v.i.
1. to curry favor.
v.t.
2. to seek favors from (a person) in an obsequious manner; fawn over.
n.
3. Also, brown′-nos`er. a toady.
[1935–40]

brown-nose


Past participle: brown-nosed
Gerund: brown-nosing

Imperative
brown-nose
brown-nose
Present
I brown-nose
you brown-nose
he/she/it brown-noses
we brown-nose
you brown-nose
they brown-nose
Preterite
I brown-nosed
you brown-nosed
he/she/it brown-nosed
we brown-nosed
you brown-nosed
they brown-nosed
Present Continuous
I am brown-nosing
you are brown-nosing
he/she/it is brown-nosing
we are brown-nosing
you are brown-nosing
they are brown-nosing
Present Perfect
I have brown-nosed
you have brown-nosed
he/she/it has brown-nosed
we have brown-nosed
you have brown-nosed
they have brown-nosed
Past Continuous
I was brown-nosing
you were brown-nosing
he/she/it was brown-nosing
we were brown-nosing
you were brown-nosing
they were brown-nosing
Past Perfect
I had brown-nosed
you had brown-nosed
he/she/it had brown-nosed
we had brown-nosed
you had brown-nosed
they had brown-nosed
Future
I will brown-nose
you will brown-nose
he/she/it will brown-nose
we will brown-nose
you will brown-nose
they will brown-nose
Future Perfect
I will have brown-nosed
you will have brown-nosed
he/she/it will have brown-nosed
we will have brown-nosed
you will have brown-nosed
they will have brown-nosed
Future Continuous
I will be brown-nosing
you will be brown-nosing
he/she/it will be brown-nosing
we will be brown-nosing
you will be brown-nosing
they will be brown-nosing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been brown-nosing
you have been brown-nosing
he/she/it has been brown-nosing
we have been brown-nosing
you have been brown-nosing
they have been brown-nosing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been brown-nosing
you will have been brown-nosing
he/she/it will have been brown-nosing
we will have been brown-nosing
you will have been brown-nosing
they will have been brown-nosing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been brown-nosing
you had been brown-nosing
he/she/it had been brown-nosing
we had been brown-nosing
you had been brown-nosing
they had been brown-nosing
Conditional
I would brown-nose
you would brown-nose
he/she/it would brown-nose
we would brown-nose
you would brown-nose
they would brown-nose
Past Conditional
I would have brown-nosed
you would have brown-nosed
he/she/it would have brown-nosed
we would have brown-nosed
you would have brown-nosed
they would have brown-nosed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.brown-nose - flatter with the intention of getting something
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
Translations

brown-nose

[ˈbraʊnˌnəʊz] (US)
A. Nlameculos mf inv
B. VTlamer el culo a
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