To kiss up to someone and gush on and on about how beautiful, smart, funny and delightful he is is an example of adulate.
- to praise too highly or flatter servilely
- to admire intensely or excessively
Origin of adulate; from Classical Latin adulatus, past participle of adulari, to fawn upon, origin, originally , to wag the tail ; from ad-, to + an unverified form ?los, tail ; from Indo-European an unverified form ?lo ; from base an unverified form wel- from source walk: compare wheedle
transitive verbad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing, ad·u·lates
Origin of adulateBack-formation from adulation.