PICKTHA’NK. n.s. [pick and thank.] An officious fellow,
who does what he is not desired; a whispering parasite.
With pleasing tales his lord’s vain ears he fed,
A flatterer, a pickthank, and a lyer. Fairfax.
Many tales devis’d,
Oft the ear of greatness needs must hear,
By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers. Shakesp.
The business of a pickthank is the basest of offices. L’Estrange.
If he be great and powerful, spies and pickthanks generally
provoke him to persecute and tyrannize over the innocent and
the just. South’s Sermons.