toady

You can call the kid who is always really nice to the teacher in hopes of getting a good grade a brown-noser or, if you want to sound clever, a toady.

The word toady has a gross, yet engaging history. Back when medicine was more trickery than science, traveling medicine men would come to a town. Their assistant would eat a toad (you read that right) that was assumed poisonous so that the medicine man could "heal" him. Who would want that job, right? So toad-eater, later shortened to toady, came to mean a person who would do anything to please his boss.

Definitions of toady
  1. noun
    a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
    synonyms: ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, sycophant
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    types:
    apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveler, groveller, truckler
    someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
    goody-goody
    a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
    type of:
    adulator, flatterer
    a person who uses flattery
  2. verb
    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    synonyms: bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, truckle
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    types:
    court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour
    seek favor by fawning or flattery
    type of:
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
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