lick·​spit·​tle ˈlik-ˌspi-tᵊl How to pronounce lickspittle (audio)
: a fawning subordinate : toady

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 happened to the idea that art and culture should be a contemptuous refuge from the mainstream, as opposed to this lickspittle, running dog accommodation to the mainstream? Billboard Staff, Billboard, 3 June 2022 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, 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,, 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, 30 Apr. 2018 Trump likes to have a range of lickspittle around him. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 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, 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, 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, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lickspittle was in 1825

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“Lickspittle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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