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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
To wait on as a footman; attend.
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.]
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1. a servile follower; hanger-on
2. (Professions) a liveried male servant or valet
3. a person who is treated like a servant
vbAlso (rare): lacquey
(when: intr, often foll by for) to act as a lackey (to)
[C16: via French laquais, from Old French, perhaps from Catalan lacayo, alacayo; perhaps related to alcalde]
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n., pl. -eys,
1. a servile follower; toady.
2. a liveried manservant; footman.v.t.
3. to serve obsequiously.
[1520–30; < Middle French laquais]
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Past participle: lackeyed
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|Noun||1.||lackey - a male servant (especially a footman)|
|2.||lackey - 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
goody-goody - a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
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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.
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lackey[ˈlækɪ] N (gen) → lacayo m (also fig)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
lackey[ˈlæki] n → laquais m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (lit, fig) → Lakai m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
lackey[ˈlækɪ] n (also) (pej) → lacchè m inv
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