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

n a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, sycophant
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
a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
Type of:
adulator, flatterer
a person who uses flattery

v try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, truckle
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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