pickthank

[ pik-thangk ]
/ ˈpɪkˌθæŋk /
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noun Archaic.

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
  • 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
  • So there came in three witnesses; to wit, Envy, Superstition, and Pickthank.

  • 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|William Kirby