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flunkey Explained

flunkey at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

flunky/fl[hA356][hA26E]ki/ n [C] informal [Date: 1700-1800; Origin: Perhaps from flanker 'someone who stands beside you' (18-19 centuries), from FLANK1]// someone who does small jobs for an important person, especially someone who does this because they are trying to please the person - used to show disapproval// --One of his flunkeys let me in.//

flunkey at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

21 Moby Thesaurus words for "flunkey":
apple-polisher, doormat, footman, gofer, hanger-on, hireling,
inferior, jackal, lackey, lickspittle, menial, minion, retainer,
servant, slave, stooge, subordinate, sycophant, toady, underling,
yes-man

flunkey at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Servant): subject, servant, retainer, follower, henchman, help, employee, attache, retinue, suite, cortege, staff, attendant, amaneusis, page, waiter, butler, lackey, footman, slave, flunky, flunkey, go-fer*.

flunkey at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(also flunky) noun (plural flunkeys or flunkies)
1 (disapproving) a person who tries to please sb who is important and powerful by doing small jobs for them:
The minister arrived, surrounded by the usual subservient flunkeys.
2 (old-fashioned) a servant in uniform:
a team of hired flunkeys

flunkey at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Flunky \Flun"ky\, n.; pl. {Flunkies}. [Prob. fr. or akin to
flank.] [Written also {flunkey}.]
1. A contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman.

2. One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob.

3. One easily deceived in buying stocks; an inexperienced and
unwary jobber. [Cant, U.S.]

flunkey at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

flunkey
n 1: a male servant (especially a footman) [syn: {lackey}, {flunky}]
2: a person of unquestioning obedience [syn: {flunky}, {stooge},
{yes-man}]

flunkey at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Pronunciation

* Inter: audio » en-us-flunkey.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ʌŋki

    Alternative forms

    * flunkee
  • flunky

    Noun

    Inter: en-noun » pl1=flunkeys|pl2=flunkies

  • An underling; a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman; servant, retainer – a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
    1. 1929, Baldwyn Dyke Acland, Filibuster, Chapter 2
    2. :“One marble hall, with staircase complete, one butler and three flunkeys to receive a retired sojer who dares to ring the bell. D'you know, old boy, I gave my bowler to the butler, whangee to one flunkey, gloves to another, and there was the fourth poor blighter looking like an orphan at a Mothers' Meeting. …"
    3. One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob.
    4. One easily deceived in buying stocks; an inexperienced and unwary jobber. U.S.

      Derived terms

      * flunkeydom

  • flunkeyish
  • flunkeyism

    See also

    * lackey

  • Inter: Webster 191 » 3
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