- a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant.
Origin of pickthank
First recorded in 1490–1500; noun use of verb phrase pick a thank, pick thanks
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Examples from the Web for pickthank
Three witnesses were then called: Envy, Superstition, and Pickthank.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
So there came in three witnesses; to wit, Envy, Superstition, and Pickthank.The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Le Mercier was a pickthank, angling after the favor of La Pompadour,—a pretentious knave, as hollow as one of his own mortars.The Golden Dog
It is at best but a pettifogging, pickthank business to decompose actions into little personal motives, and explain heroism away.The Pocket R.L.S.
Robert Louis Stevenson