flunky


flunky
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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  • 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 snob.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flunky — also flunkey, 1782, Scottish dialect, footman, liveried servant, of uncertain origin, perhaps a dim. variant of flanker. Sense of flatterer, toady first recorded 1855 …   Etymology dictionary

  • flunky — n. pl. flunkeys [fluŋ′kē] n. flunkies [orig. Scot < ? Fr flanquer, to flank, be at the side of, as to render aid < OFr flanc, FLANK] 1. a liveried manservant: term of contempt 2. a) a person who obeys superiors in a servile, cringing way ☆ …   English World dictionary

  • flunky — When something isn t right, and it is hard to know the reason behind it. 1. My clothes are all flunky now that I have lost 30 lbs. 2. John was really flunky when he was in school, but in business he s terrific. 3. Why was that really good looking …   Dictionary of american slang

  • flunky — When something isn t right, and it is hard to know the reason behind it. 1. My clothes are all flunky now that I have lost 30 lbs. 2. John was really flunky when he was in school, but in business he s terrific. 3. Why was that really good looking …   Dictionary of american slang

  • flunky — noun 1) a flunky brought us drinks Syn: servant, lackey, steward, butler, footman, valet, attendant, page 2) government flunkies searched his offices Syn: minion, lackey, hireling, s …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • flunky — also flunkey or flunkie noun (plural flunkies; also flunkeys) Etymology: Scots, of unknown origin Date: circa 1782 1. a. a liveried servant b. one performing menial or miscellaneous duties 2. yes man …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flunky — an anchor fixing a trawl line in place …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • flunky — flunkyism, n. /flung kee/, n., pl. flunkies. 1. a male servant in livery. 2. an assistant who does menial work. 3. a toady; yes man. Also, flunkey. [1775 85; perh. alter. of FLANKER] * * * …   Universalium

  • flunky — noun A sycophant; a servant or hanger on who is kept for their loyalty or muscle rather than their intellect …   Wiktionary