Definition of bootlicker in US English:

bootlicker

noun

informal
  • An obsequious or overly deferential person; a toady.

    ‘bootlickers telling him what a big star he's going to be’
    • ‘We would rather be that voice than the voice of the sycophants and bootlickers and those hoping for a spot at the trough.’
    • ‘If we're going to praise him for producing fearless TV news, we should also be ready to damn him for paving the way for all the celebrity bootlickers on red carpets.’
    • ‘If you wrap your derision in the big red flag you'll always have a claque of bootlickers eager to excuse whatever you do.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that the helium-voiced bootlickers don't know a thing about the environment.’
    • ‘‘Those good-for-nothing bootlickers belong at the bottom,’ said Bloomberg.’
    • ‘It would not be the first time that a bootlicker was rewarded with a kick in the teeth.’
    • ‘I probably could have gotten away with it for a while, but I got ratted on by some bootlicker at work who spotted me at this junkyard.’
    • ‘But while most of the defendants there were grovellers and bootlickers, he was not.’
    sycophant, obsequious person, toady, fawner, flatterer, creep, crawler, lickspittle, truckler, groveller, doormat, kowtower, spaniel, uriah heep
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Pronunciation

bootlicker

/ˈbutˌlɪkər//ˈbo͞otˌlikər/