lickpot (plural lickpots)
- (archaic) The forefinger.
- 1820, The Edinburgh Review - Volume 34, page 156:
- Fife-men and pipers braw, Merry deils, tak them a', Gown, lace, and livery — lickpot and ladle ; Jockey shall wear the hood, Jenny the sark of God — For codpiece and petticoat, dishclout and daidle.
- 1955, Hans Christian Andersen, Six fairy tales by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen:
- Everyone said, "Oh," and held up the finger we call "lickpot," and nodded his head.
- 1970, Harriette Louisa Simpson Arnow, The weedkiller's daughter, page 356:
- No, only little Peter Playman; dear Thumbkin, Lickpot, and Longman were grabbing hardness under the gray cloth, shaping the flat oblong of hardness.
- 2008, Peter C. D. Brears, Cooking and Dining in Medieval England, page 214:
- The use of the index finger to scoop the remaining juices from the cooking pot up to the lips gave it the finely appropriate name of 'the lickpot.'
- An untrustworthy sycophant.
- 1896, Samuel Rutherford Crockett, The Grey Man - Volume 1, page 114:
- . And the message that came was by the mouth of a kind of jackal or lickpot of John Dick's — who, for reasons of his own, hated me, chiefly because I took no share in the foulness of him and his subservient crew.
- 1911, Maurice Hewlett, The Song of Renny, page 215:
- Maybe ye'll not have another chance before the gallows gets ye ! Off with ye now, for a dirty fingered, lickpot sneak, or I'll break the fiddle over the shoulders of ye!"
- 1929, Anatole France, Rabelais, page 98:
- Piso is a peasant, Cyrus a cowherd, Brutus and Cassius landsurveyors, Demosthenes a vine-dresser, Fabius a threader of beads, Artaxerxes a ropemaker, Æneas a miller, Achilles a scurvy pate, Agamemnon a lickpot, Ulysses a haymower, Nestor a beggar, Ancus Martius a shiptrimmer. . . .
- 1932, Richard Dehan, Dead Pearls: A Novel of the Great Wide West, page 195:
- And, being no lickpot, would be left to watch the breakfast-porridge while the Sisters and Catechists went to Mass with the pupils of the school, on the benches of which young Boengabadu maintained isolated pre-eminence as a genuine Aboriginal converted from utterest heathenry, by the efforts of Pere St. Xavier and Pere Amable-Marie.
- (forefinger): arrow-finger, demonstrator, forefinger, index, index finger, insignitor, pointling, showing finger, teacher, See also Thesaurus:index finger
- (sycophant): lickspittle, sycophant, toady
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