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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.

flunky

(ˈflʌŋkɪ) or

flunkey

n, pl flunkies or flunkeys
1. a servile or fawning person
2. a person who performs menial tasks
3. usually derogatory a manservant in livery
[C18: of unknown origin]

flun•ky

or flun•key

(ˈflʌŋ ki)

n., pl. -kies or -keys.
1. a male servant in livery.
2. an assistant who does menial work.
3. a servile follower; toady; yes-man.
[1775–85; perhaps alter. of flanker]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flunky - a male servant (especially a footman)
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
2.flunky - a person of unquestioning obedience
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
pushover - someone who is easily taken advantage of
Translations

flunk(e)y

nLakai m; (= flatterer)Radfahrer(in) m(f) (inf)

flunky

[ˈflʌŋkɪ] ntirapiedi m/f inv
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