flunkey

flunkey
flunkey UK [ˈflʌŋkɪ] / US or flunky UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "flunkey":
singular flunkey plural flunkeys
1) an insulting word for someone who is always keen to please or obey more powerful people
2) an insulting word for someone who does unimportant work

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  • flunkey — a (usually derogatory) term for a liveried servant or (in extended use) a toady, is the preferred spelling, not flunky. The plural is flunkeys …   Modern English usage

  • flunkey — (also flunky) ► NOUN (pl. flunkeys or flunkies) chiefly derogatory 1) a liveried manservant or footman. 2) a person who performs menial tasks. ORIGIN perhaps from FLANK(Cf. ↑flank) in the sense «a person who stands at one s flank» …   English terms dictionary

  • flunkey — [[t]flʌ̱ŋki[/t]] flunkeys also flunky 1) N COUNT (disapproval) Someone who refers to a servant as a flunkey is expressing their dislike for a job that involves doing things for an employer that ordinary people do for themselves. Syn: lackey 2) N… …   English dictionary

  • flunkey — Flunky Flun ky (fl[u^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Flunkies} (fl[u^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. fr. or akin to flank.] [Written also {flunkey}.] 1. A contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is obsequious or cringing; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flunkey — noun see flunky …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flunkey — flunkeyism, n. /flung kee/, n., pl. flunkeys. flunky. * * * …   Universalium

  • flunkey — noun a) An underling; a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman; servant, retainer a person working in the service of another (especially in the household) b) One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob …   Wiktionary

  • flunkey — Synonyms and related words: apple polisher, doormat, footman, gofer, hanger on, hireling, inferior, jackal, lackey, lickspittle, menial, minion, retainer, servant, slave, stooge, subordinate, sycophant, toady, underling, yes man …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flunkey — flun|key flunky [ˈflʌŋki] n informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from flanker someone who stands beside you (18 19 centuries), from FLANK1] someone who does small jobs for an important person, especially someone who does this because they… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flunkey — flunk·ey || flʌŋkɪ n. servant; person who flatters, sycophant …   English contemporary dictionary

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