lick·​spit·​tle | \ ˈlik-ˌspi-tᵊl How to pronounce lickspittle (audio) \

Definition of lickspittle

: a fawning subordinate : toady

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Examples of lickspittle in a Sentence

a partisan news program whose host is more of a lickspittle for the White House than a serious journalist
Recent Examples on the Web What's more, Louis DeJoy, the Trump lickspittle and longtime Republican donor (with a massive financial conflict of interest) now serving as postmaster general, has royally messed up mail service. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Donald Trump is trying to steal the election," 11 Aug. 2020 And Washington is revealed once again as our modern Versailles, a place of courtiers and lickspittles who’d use the Ministry of Justice to serve their ambitions. John Kass,, "Obama’s silky lie and FBI bias in the Clinton investigation," 15 June 2018 Ricardians denounce Shakespeare as a lickspittle hack who favored Henry Tudor —the winner at Bosworth and Elizabeth I’s grandfather—over Richard’s branch of the House of York. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, "‘Richard III’ Review: The Villain Wore a Crown," 30 Apr. 2018 Trump likes to have a range of lickspittle around him. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "All the President’s Courtiers," 2 Apr. 2018 Luckily, devoted lickspittle Mike Pence was nearby to herd the president* back so that the latter could further eviscerate the healthcare of millions of Americans. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Obamacare Repeal Back-Up Plan," 12 Oct. 2017 And the surrender or war over Korea that may follow will be but one part, however distressing or bloody, of the price this country will pay for a government administered by moral weaklings and lickspittles. Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic, "Rex Tillerson Must Go," 2 Oct. 2017 Lord will not be missed, either by viewers or by the network itself, which will inevitably find some other disingenuous lickspittle to fill Lord’s seat on its panel shows. Justin Peters, Slate Magazine, "Firing Jeffrey Lord Doesn’t Fix CNN’s Jeffrey Lord Problem," 11 Aug. 2017 Later, Richmond offered one of those Washington political lickspittle apologies. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Pelosi’s dodge on Kellyanne Conway teaches sad lesson on shaming," 12 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of lickspittle

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Lickspittle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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