flunkey


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flun·ky

also flun·key  (flŭng′kē)
n. pl. flun·kies also flun·keys
1. A person of slavish or unquestioning obedience; a lackey.
2. One who does menial or trivial work; a drudge.
3. A liveried manservant.

[Scots, perhaps from flanker, an attendant at one's flank.]

flun′ky·ism n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flunkey - a male servant (especially a footman)
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
2.flunkey - a person of unquestioning obedience
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
pushover - someone who is easily taken advantage of
Translations

flunkey

flunky [ˈflʌŋkɪ] N (pej) (= servant) → lacayo m; (= servile person) → adulador/a m/f, lacayo m

flunkey

flunky [ˈflʌŋki] n (= lackey) → laquais m
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, it was such a thundering poor success that it raised wondering scowls all along the line, and a gorgeous flunkey at the tail end of it raised his whip; but I jumped in time and was under it when it fell; and under cover of the volley of coarse laughter which fol- lowed, I spoke up sharply and warned the king to take no notice.
A flunkey handed him an uncut Times, which he proceeded to cut with a skill which betrayed familiarity with this delicate operation.
Can you imagine," Ferfitchkin interrupted hotly and conceitedly, like some insolent flunkey boasting of his master the General's decorations, "can you imagine that Zverkov will let us pay alone?
I had nothing else to turn to, so I remained with him, and allowed myself to become his flunkey.
There were very common hacks, with father and mother and all the children in them; conspicuous little open carriages with celebrated ladies of questionable reputation in them; there were Dukes and Duchesses abroad, with gorgeous footmen perched behind, and equally gorgeous outriders perched on each of the six horses; there were blue and silver, and green and gold, and pink and black, and all sorts and descriptions of stunning and startling liveries out, and I almost yearned to be a flunkey myself, for the sake of the fine clothes.
This good flunkey, in spite of his conscientious scruples, really could not resist continuing such a very genteel and agreeable conversation.
There he had an opportunity of refreshing himself with both the bottles at once, looking out at a low blinding wall three feet off, and speculating on the number of Barnacle families within the bills of mortality who lived in such hutches of their own free flunkey choice.
A peasant would run away, a fashionable dissenter would run away, the flunkey of another man's thought, for you've only to show him the end of your little finger and he'll be ready to believe in anything for the rest of his life.
He refers me to two strangers in a cafe as to two flunkeys.
All beastly Kammerherrs and Maids of Honour--abominable court flunkeys.
With a flunkey to load her bags and a chauffeur driving the buggy, Posh Spice could concentrate on higher matters - such as playing with her phone.
My favourite shot was of US President Ronald Reagan being offered a Guinness on a trip to Dublin and after taking the most tentative of sips passed it to a flunkey with a wounded look that said: "Someone trying to poison me?