Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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