noun Date: 1825 a fawning subordinate ; toady

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • lickspittle — also lick spittle, sycophant, abject toady, 1741, from LICK (Cf. lick) (v.1) + SPITTLE (Cf. spittle) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lickspittle — *parasite, sycophant, toady, bootlicker, hanger on, leech, sponge, sponger, favorite …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lickspittle — ► NOUN ▪ a person who behaves obsequiously to those in power …   English terms dictionary

  • lickspittle — [lik′spit΄ l] n. a servile flatterer; toady …   English World dictionary

  • lickspittle — 1. noun /ˈlɪkspɪtl/ a) A fawning toady; a base sycophant.<ref name= OED:lick spittle /> b) The practice of giving empty flattery for personal gain. Syn: brown noser …   Wiktionary

  • lickspittle —    A little used word referring to someone who is so sycophantic that he would lick someone’s spittle from the ground. In occasional use since the seventeenth century, and alluded to by Howard Jacobson in Redback. ‘someone had even hissed… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • lickspittle — /lik spit l/, n. a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady. Also, lickspit. [1620 30; LICK + SPITTLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • lickspittle — noun a person who behaves obsequiously to those in power …   English new terms dictionary

  • lickspittle — n. Abject parasite, mean flatterer, lick platter, lick trencher …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • lickspittle — n toady, sycophant, toadeater, tuft hunter, fawning flatterer, truckler; flatterer, backslap per, backscratcher, timeserver, Inf. apple polisher, Sl. brown nose, Sl. brown noser, Sl. brownie, Obs., Rare. blander, Archaic. pickthank; parasite,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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