What does Sycophant mean?

Definitions for Sycophantˈsɪk ə fənt, -ˌfænt, ˈsaɪ kə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sycophant, toady, crawler, lackey, ass-kisser(noun)

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


  1. sycophant(Noun)

    One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another.

  2. sycophant(Noun)

    One who seeks to gain through the powerful and influential.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1537. From sycophanta, from συκοφάντης, itself from σῦκον + φαίνω. The gesture of "showing the fig" was a vulgar one, which was made by sticking the thumb between two fingers, a display which vaguely resembles a fig, which is itself symbolic of a (sykon 'vagina' also meant vulva). The story behind this etymology is that politicians in ancient Greece steered clear of displaying that vulgar gesture, but urged their followers sub rosa to taunt their opponents by using it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sycophant(noun)

    an informer; a talebearer

  2. Sycophant(noun)

    a base parasite; a mean or servile flatterer; especially, a flatterer of princes and great men

  3. Sycophant(verb)

    to inform against; hence, to calumniate

  4. Sycophant(verb)

    to play the sycophant toward; to flatter obsequiously

  5. Sycophant(verb)

    to play the sycophant

  6. Origin: [L. sycophanta a slanderer, deceiver, parasite, Gr. a false accuser, false adviser, literally, a fig shower; a fig + to show: cf. F. sycophante. The reason for the name is not certainly known. See Phenomenon.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sycophant

    sik′ō-fant, n. a common informer: a servile flatterer.—n. Syc′ophancy, the behaviour of a sycophant: mean tale-bearing: obsequious flattery: servility—also Sycophant′ism.—adjs. Sycophant′ic, -al, Sycophant′ish, like a sycophant: obsequiously flattering: parasitic.—v.i. Syc′ophantise.—adv. Syc′ophantishly.—n. Syc′ophantry, the arts of the sycophant. [Gr. sykophantēs, usually said to mean one who informed against persons exporting figs from Attica or plundering the sacred fig-trees; but more prob. one who brings figs to light by shaking the tree, hence one who makes rich men yield up their fruit by informations and other vile arts—sykon, a fig, phainein, to show.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sycophant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sycophant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A sycophant can never be made to feel shame of his degrading act and rather he would do the same more on being asked not to demean himself.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    An intelligent believes in rolling up the sleeves and pulling up the socks whereas a sycophant is always ready to going down on knees and taking off the pant.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Office politics thrives at every level in the organization mainly because of those sycophant employees who wish to rise high by spreading lies through always sweet talk to the management and board.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    An irony of life is that most people hate a person who actually makes them look inside their soul and appreciate the sycophant who often praises their looks but is really a big reason for their downfall.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    It may look weird to a few , but often appeared true that sycophant gets the increment & promotion without any tension; only the sincere & diligent employee has to persistently beg before the management to bag the salary hike & higher position in a private organisation.

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