pickthank

[ pik-thangk ]

nounArchaic.
  1. a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant.

Origin of pickthank

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; noun use of verb phrase pick a thank, pick thanks

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How to use pickthank in a sentence

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