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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Definitions for lickspittle

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

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Citations for lickspittle
What do we have here, an honest muttonhead or a lickspittle? George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, 2000
Please, I don't mind your making me out to be a soulless, corporate lickspittle, but at least don't make me sound like an ignorant, soulless, corporate lickspittle. Christopher Buckley, Thank You for Smoking, 1994
Origin of lickspittle
Lickspittle was first recorded in the 1620s. It is a combination of the terms lick, an action performed by the tongue, and spittle, a blend of Middle English nouns spit and spetil “saliva” (Old English spǣtl, variant of spātl).