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A bootlicker is somebody who tries to curry favour with somebody by flattery/acting friendly with them.

Is there a word for somebody who wants others to booklick him?

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A common phrase used:

susceptible to flattery

A possible idiom:

compliment fisher / fishing for compliments

And the rather long phrase (and my preferred choice):

likes to have his ego stroked

  • Although it's not a single word, I think this fits the meaning of what I want best. – Eric Apr 10 '15 at 18:55
  • Thanks! :) Fortunately or unfortunately, a great many of these phrases come into existence because there is no single good word to describe the thing in question. It's much easier instead to "paint the picture". – Cord Apr 20 '15 at 15:12
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You could call him a martinet

This is someone who strictly requires exact compliance with his orders.

http://i.word.com/idictionary/martinet

Or call him a diva or a prima donna. (The fact that these are female terms may make them seem especially pejorative if applied to a man.)

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Manager

"Brown-nosing" or "arse-licking" are also used, in some countries far more prevalently that "boot-licking".

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I always liked the term "despot". While, technically it describes someone with the "right" to absolute power, it conjures slimy images of sociopathic rule, (to me) and therefore, makes a nice insult.

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How about something like a narcissist or an egotist? These are more like people who want to be praised all the time.

  • Narcissism is admiring yourself too much, and egoism is having the feeling that you're superior to others, neither of these terms has the connotation of 'expecting praise from other.' – Andy Semyonov Apr 8 '15 at 5:21

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