lacquey

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

lacquey (plural lacqueys)

  1. Archaic form of lackey.
    • 1783, William Godwin, Four Early Pamphlets[1]:
      Represent to yourselves, Gentlemen, I entreat you, the many false keys, bribes to the lacqueys of authors that can keep them, and collusions with the booksellers of authors that cannot, which were required in the prosecution of this arduous undertaking.
    • 1841, William Harrison Ainsworth, Old Saint Paul's[2]:
      "She was brought to us by two richly-attired lacqueys," replied the man, "in this very litter."
    • 1884, John Ruskin, “By the Rivers of Waters”, in “Our Fathers Have Told Us.”: Sketches of the History of Christendom for Boys and Girls who have been Held at Its Fonts, part I (The Bible of Amiens), Orpington, Kent: George Allen, OCLC 222616845, pages 30–31:
      St. Martin [of Tours] looks round, first, deliberately;—becomes aware of a tatterdemalion and thirsty-looking soul of a beggar at his chair side, who has managed to get his cup filled somehow, also—by a charitable lacquey. St. Martin turns his back on the Empress, and hobnobs with him!
    • 1899, S. R. Crockett, The Black Douglas[3]:
      I serve my master, but I am not compelled to spend the night parleying with his lacqueys.

Verb[edit]

lacquey (third-person singular simple present lacqueys, present participle lacqueying, simple past and past participle lacqueyed)

  1. Archaic form of lackey.