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hench·man

 (hĕnch′mən)
n.
1. A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate, especially one who engages in unscrupulous or criminal behavior on the leader's behalf.
2. A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
3. A member of a criminal gang.
4. Obsolete A page to a prince or other person of high rank.

[Scots hanchman, alteration (probably influenced by Scots hainch, hench, haunch, as of a horse) of Early Modern English hensman, henchman, attendant who walks or rides beside a person of rank in processions on horseback, from Middle English hengsman : hengest, steed, horse (from Old English, from Germanic *hangistaz, stallion; akin to Lithuanian šankus, quick, nimble, and Welsh caseg, mare) + man, man; see man (the Middle English compound probably being formed on the model of Old Norse hestamaðr, groom : hestr, stallion + maðr, man).]

henchman

(ˈhɛntʃmən)
n, pl -men
1. a faithful attendant or supporter
2. archaic a squire; page
[C14: hengestman, from Old English hengest stallion + man; related to Old Norse hestr horse, Old High German hengist gelding]

hench•man

(ˈhɛntʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a member of a criminal gang.
2. a political supporter or adherent, esp. one motivated by the hope of personal gain.
3. a trusted attendant or follower.
4. Obs. a squire or page.
[1325–75; Middle English henchman, henksman, hengestman, appar. = Old English hengest stallion (c. Old High German hengist) + man man]
hench′man•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.henchman - someone who assists in a plothenchman - someone who assists in a plot  
accessary, accessory - someone who helps another person commit a crime

henchman

noun attendant, supporter, heavy (slang), associate, aide, follower, subordinate, bodyguard, minder (slang), crony, sidekick (slang), cohort (chiefly U.S.), right-hand man, minion, satellite, myrmidon Mad Frankie Fraser, one time henchman of the Krays' arch rivals

henchman

noun
One who supports and adheres to another:
Translations
نصير سياسي مُخْلِص
pomahačstoupenec
håndlanger
bérenc: vkinek bérencecsatlósa
handbendi
parankinis
līdzskrējējsrokaspuisis
prisluhovač
güvenilir adamsadık yardımcı

henchman

[ˈhentʃmən] N (henchmen (pl)) (esp Pol) (= follower) → secuaz m; (= guard) → guardaespaldas m inv

henchman

[ˈhɛntʃmən] n (pejorative)homme m de main

henchman

n pl <-men> (pej)Spießgeselle m, → Kumpan m

henchman

[ˈhɛntʃmən] n (-men (pl)) (follower) → accolito (pej) → scagnozzo

henchman

(ˈhentʃmən) plural ˈhenchmen noun
a loyal supporter, especially one who obeys the leader's orders without question. a politician/gangster and his henchmen.
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