Informal to try to gain favor with (someone) by fawning, servility, etc.
Origin of bootlickfrom lick the boots of (see phrase under boot)
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.
(third-person singular simple present bootlicks, present participle bootlicking, simple past and past participle bootlicked)
- To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior.
- (intransitive) To engage in fawning, servile behavior.