sy·co·phant /-fənt ||ˌfænt/
Syc·o·phant v. t.
1. To inform against; hence, to calumniate. [Obs.]
Sycophanting and misnaming the work of his adversary. --Milton.
2. To play the sycophant toward; to flatter obsequiously.
Syc·o·phant, v. i. To play the sycophant.
1. An informer; a talebearer. [Obs.] “Accusing sycophants, of all men, did best sort to his nature.”
2. A base parasite; a mean or servile flatterer; especially, a flatterer of princes and great men.
A sycophant will everything admire:
Each verse, each sentence, sets his soul on fire. --Dryden.
n : a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a
personal advantage [syn: toady, crawler, lackey]