–noun a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady.
1620–30; lick + spittle
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He was the perfect gentlemen. He held open doors, offered Jill the better view and was profuse with compliments for her. So what if he was a bit of a lickspittle. Jill did not believe she was the most beautiful woman at the restaurant, but it was nice to hear.
Of course she could not go out with this man again, it was too embarrassing. When he offered her the menu kneeling on one knee with his head bowed she could hear people laughing; but it was still cute. Demanding to be let into the kitchen to be sure her dishes were properly washed, that was just too much.