1. [ verb ] tray to gain favor by cringing or flattering
Synonyms: toady truckle bootlick kowtow suck_up fawn

"He is always kowtowing to his boss"

Related terms: flatter court_favor truckling apple_polisher kowtow sycophant
2. [ noun ] (Chinese) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
Synonyms: kowtow
Related terms: bow fawn
Similar spelling:   kowtow