henchman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hencheman, henseman, henxman ‎(a groom, page, attendant), from Old English *hengstmann, *hengestmann ‎(groom, literally horseman), from hengst, hengest ‎(stallion, horse, steed, gelding) (from Proto-Germanic *hangistaz ‎(stallion), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱanḱest-, *kankest- ‎(horse)) + mann ‎(man). Cognate with German Hengstmann ‎(a groom), Icelandic hestamaður ‎(horseman, groom). More at man.

Noun[edit]

henchman ‎(plural henchmen)

  1. A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate.
  2. A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
  3. A member of a criminal gang.
  4. (obsolete) A page to a prince or other person of high rank.

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