- a male servant in livery.
- an assistant who does menial work.
- a toady; yes-man.
Origin of flunky
Examples from the Web for flunkey
Shakespeare was a sycophant, a flunkey if you will, but nothing worse.The Man Shakespeare
At the same moment a flunkey in chocolate and cream approached him.A Great Man
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
- a servile or fawning person
- a person who performs menial tasks
- usually derogatory a manservant in livery
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.