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[fluhng-kee] /ˈflʌŋ ki/
noun, plural flunkeys.
Related forms
flunkeyism, noun


or flunkey

[fluhng-kee] /ˈflʌŋ ki/
noun, plural flunkies.
a male servant in livery.
an assistant who does menial work.
a toady; yes-man.
Origin of flunky
First recorded in 1775-85; perhaps alteration of flanker
Related forms
flunkyism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flunkey
Historical Examples
  • Shakespeare was a sycophant, a flunkey if you will, but nothing worse.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • At the same moment a flunkey in chocolate and cream approached him.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • I was just entering Rasputin's room at the palace when a flunkey told me the news.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Your dream and rest is over; for are you not the general's flunkey?

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • The ancient wig of the judge is often indistinguishable from the old wig of the flunkey.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The flunkey referred her to Count Rechberg, the aide-de-camp on duty.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • And of course he could not exist, unless he had flunkey customers by the dozen.

  • "The lumberjacks want no flunkey, but the real thing," as one expressed it.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Ted had taken a flunkey's job at Crestwood two days after he graduated.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The flunkey in the hall was evidently expecting his arrival.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for flunkey


noun (pl) flunkies, flunkeys
a servile or fawning person
a person who performs menial tasks
generally (derogatory) a manservant in livery
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flunkey



also flunkey, 1782, Scottish dialect, "footman, liveried servant," of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive variant of flanker. Sense of "flatterer, toady" first recorded 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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