from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To behave toward in a servile or obsequious manner.
  • intransitive v. To behave in a servile or obsequious manner. See Synonyms at fawn1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior.
  • v. To engage in fawning, servile behavior.
  • n. A toady or sycophant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A toady; a bootlicker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mean, cringing person; a toady.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering


boot +‎ lick (Wiktionary)



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  • To gain favor by flattery, fawning, or obsequious behavior.

    Dogs are notoriously obsequious, as is repeatedly stated throughout these entries. They are constantly seeking favor and social recognition. Dogs are also notorious lickers, and often known for licking less than luscious items, so we are not much surprised to find boots among them. Boot licking as a description seems to have fallen out of favor: perhaps this is because the licking of boots is increasingly associated with foot fetishes and bondage and discipline fantasies.

    July 11, 2009