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 اَلْقَاضِي ‎(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