lackey

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lack·ey

 (lăk′ē)
n. pl. lack·eys
1. A servile follower; a toady.
2. A liveried male servant; a footman.
v. lack·eyed, lack·ey·ing, lack·eys
v.tr.
To wait on as a footman; attend.
v.intr.
To act in a servile manner; fawn.

[French laquais, from Middle French alagues, lacayz, military valet, perhaps ultimately (via Byzantine Greek oulakēs) from Ottoman Turkish ulak, courier; akin to Old Turkic ulaq, stage horse, relay horse, postal delivery, from ulamaq, to join, connect.]

lackey

(ˈlækɪ)
n
1. a servile follower; hanger-on
2. (Professions) a liveried male servant or valet
3. a person who is treated like a servant
vb
(when: intr, often foll by for) to act as a lackey (to)
Also (rare): lacquey
[C16: via French laquais, from Old French, perhaps from Catalan lacayo, alacayo; perhaps related to alcalde]

lack•ey

(ˈlæk i)

n., pl. -eys,
v. n.
1. a servile follower; toady.
2. a liveried manservant; footman.
v.t.
3. to serve obsequiously.
[1520–30; < Middle French laquais]

lackey


Past participle: lackeyed
Gerund: lackeying

Imperative
lackey
lackey
Present
I lackey
you lackey
he/she/it lackeys
we lackey
you lackey
they lackey
Preterite
I lackeyed
you lackeyed
he/she/it lackeyed
we lackeyed
you lackeyed
they lackeyed
Present Continuous
I am lackeying
you are lackeying
he/she/it is lackeying
we are lackeying
you are lackeying
they are lackeying
Present Perfect
I have lackeyed
you have lackeyed
he/she/it has lackeyed
we have lackeyed
you have lackeyed
they have lackeyed
Past Continuous
I was lackeying
you were lackeying
he/she/it was lackeying
we were lackeying
you were lackeying
they were lackeying
Past Perfect
I had lackeyed
you had lackeyed
he/she/it had lackeyed
we had lackeyed
you had lackeyed
they had lackeyed
Future
I will lackey
you will lackey
he/she/it will lackey
we will lackey
you will lackey
they will lackey
Future Perfect
I will have lackeyed
you will have lackeyed
he/she/it will have lackeyed
we will have lackeyed
you will have lackeyed
they will have lackeyed
Future Continuous
I will be lackeying
you will be lackeying
he/she/it will be lackeying
we will be lackeying
you will be lackeying
they will be lackeying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lackeying
you have been lackeying
he/she/it has been lackeying
we have been lackeying
you have been lackeying
they have been lackeying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lackeying
you will have been lackeying
he/she/it will have been lackeying
we will have been lackeying
you will have been lackeying
they will have been lackeying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lackeying
you had been lackeying
he/she/it had been lackeying
we had been lackeying
you had been lackeying
they had been lackeying
Conditional
I would lackey
you would lackey
he/she/it would lackey
we would lackey
you would lackey
they would lackey
Past Conditional
I would have lackeyed
you would have lackeyed
he/she/it would have lackeyed
we would have lackeyed
you would have lackeyed
they would have lackeyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lackey - a male servant (especially a footman)
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
2.lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantagelackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveler, groveller, truckler - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
adulator, flatterer - a person who uses flattery
goody-goody - a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior

lackey

noun hanger-on, fawner, pawn, attendant, tool, instrument, parasite, cohort (chiefly U.S.), valet, menial, minion, footman, sycophant, yes-man, manservant, toady, flunky, brown-noser (taboo slang), flatterer, ass-kisser (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), varlet (archaic) I'm not staying as a paid lackey to act as your yes-man.
Translations
lokaj
lakaj
lakeija

lackey

[ˈlækɪ] N (gen) → lacayo m (also fig)

lackey

[ˈlæki] nlaquais m

lackey

n (lit, fig)Lakai m

lackey

[ˈlækɪ] n (also) (pej) → lacchè m inv
References in classic literature ?
They could all talk well enough when they were out in the street; but as soon as they came inside the palace gates, and saw the guard richly dressed in silver, and the lackeys in gold on the staircase, and the large illuminated saloons, then they were abashed; and when they stood before the throne on which the Princess was sitting, all they could do was to repeat the last word they had uttered, and to hear it again did not interest her very much.
These last words were addressed to the lackeys who pushed and dragged him.
When D'Artagnan was out of the Louvre, and consulted his friends upon the use he had best make of his share of the forty pistoles, Athos advised him to order a good repast at the Pomme-de-Pin, Porthos to engage a lackey, and Aramis to provide himself with a suitable mistress.
To a lackey no man can be great, for a lackey has his own conception of greatness.