lackey

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Etymology[edit]

Middle French laquais, which is probably (via Old Provençal lacai?) from Spanish lacayo, itself perhaps from Italian lacchè and Greek λακές (lakés), from Turkish ulak. Another possibility is through French, from Catalan alacay, from Arabic القاضي (al-qāḍī, magistrate). See French laquais.

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Noun[edit]

lackey (plural lackeys)

  1. A footman, a liveried male servant.
  2. A fawning, servile follower; a lickspittle.

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Verb[edit]

lackey (third-person singular simple present lackeys, present participle lackeying, simple past and past participle lackeyed)

  1. (transitive) To attend, wait upon, serve obsequiously
    • Milton
      A thousand liveried angels lackey her.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To toady, play the flunky

References[edit]

  • "lackey." Online Etymology Dictionary. 2008