from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fawning underling; a toady.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The practice of giving empty flattery for personal gain.
A compounding: lick ("pass one’s tongue over") + spittle ("saliva"); the verb may derive by back-formation from the nominal derivation lickspittling (see below). (Wiktionary)