lickspittle

[ lik-spit-l ]
/ ˈlɪkˌspɪt l /

noun

a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady.

Nearby words

  1. lickerish,
  2. lickerishly,
  3. lickety-split,
  4. licking,
  5. licking river,
  6. licorice,
  7. licorice stick,
  8. lictor,
  9. lictorian,
  10. lid

Also Archaic, lick·spit [lik-spit] /ˈlɪkˌspɪt/.

Origin of lickspittle

First recorded in 1620–30; lick + spittle

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British Dictionary definitions for lickspit

lickspittle

/ (ˈlɪkˌspɪtəl) /

noun

a flattering or servile person
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Word Origin and History for lickspit

lickspittle

n.

also lick-spittle, "sycophant, abject toady," 1741, from lick (v.1) + spittle.

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