The definition of a sycophant is a person who tries to gain attention by flattering wealthy or influential people.(noun)
An example of a sycophant is someone who agrees with everything his boss says and who brings his boss gifts once a month.
See sycophant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L sycophanta < Gr sykophantēs, informer, lit., maker of the sign of the fig < sykon, fig + phainein, to show: see fantasy
See sycophant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin sȳcophanta, informer, slanderer
Origin: , from Greek sūkophantēs, informer
Origin: , from sūkon phainein, to show a fig (probably originally said of denouncers of theft or exportation of figs)
Origin: : sūkon, fig
Origin: + phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
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