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)



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  • My daughters use this word to describe our kitten when she licks the inside of her bed, as if she is nursing from her mother. We had no idea it was used another way!

    February 4, 2015

  • I agree. I'd rather call someone an abject flatterer (dictionary definition).

    March 3, 2007

  • this word is so gross.

    March 3, 2007