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

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

Origin of lickspittle

First recorded in 1620–30; lick + spittle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lickspittle

Historical Examples of lickspittle

  • You get up right after midnight to practice being a lickspittle and a trimmer!

    Such is Life

    Frank Wedekind

British Dictionary definitions for lickspittle



a flattering or servile person
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Word Origin and History for lickspittle

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

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