lackey

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EtymologyEdit

Middle French laquais, which is probably (via Old Provençal lacai?) from Spanish lacayo, itself perhaps from Italian lacchè and Greek λακές (lakés), from Turkish ulak. Another possibility is through French, from Catalan alacay, from Arabic القاضي (al-qāḍī, magistrate). See French laquais.

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NounEdit

lackey (plural lackeys)

  1. A footman, a liveried male servant.
  2. A fawning, servile follower; a lickspittle.

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VerbEdit

lackey (third-person singular simple present lackeys, present participle lackeying, simple past and past participle lackeyed)

  1. (transitive) To attend, wait upon, serve obsequiously
    • Milton
      A thousand liveried angels lackey her.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To toady, play the flunky

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Last modified on 16 April 2014, at 18:10