Lickspittle meaning

lĭkspĭtl
(by extension) The practice of giving empty flattery for personal gain.
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A fawning underling; a toady.
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A servile flatterer; toady.
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(intransitive) To play the toady; take the rôle of a lickspittle to please (someone).
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Origin of lickspittle

  • A compounding: lick (“pass one's tongue over") + spittle (“saliva"); the verb may derive by back-formation from the nominal derivation lickspittling (see below).

    From Wiktionary