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flunky

or flunkey

[fluhng-kee] /ˈflʌŋ ki/
noun, plural flunkies.
1.
a male servant in livery.
2.
an assistant who does menial work.
3.
a toady; yes-man.
Origin of flunky
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; perhaps alteration of flanker
Related forms
flunkyism, noun
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Examples from the Web for flunky
Historical Examples
  • "You can wait in there; I'll see if Miss Stanton is in," said the flunky, as he turned on his heel.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • "Yes, sir," replied the flunky, moving toward the sideboard.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "I'll go and ask if she'll see you," said the flunky unwillingly.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • He did protest then that any flunky on the Base could read it to the crowd as well as he.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • His is the only house upon this island; also, I am his flunky and so I ought to know.

    Pastoral Affair Charles A. Stearns
  • He was flunky, and took a great interest in him, as stepping-stone to his own greatness.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • Somehow all the world seemed to be in a conspiracy to make him flunky to the cook.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • The photographer's flunky stepped away to tell the chauffeur.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • One in my position could only meet them as a flunky meets his master, anyway.

    From the Bottom Up

    Alexander Irvine
  • He thumped him in the shoulders and spurred him when he whirled, To show them flunky punchers that he was the wolf of the world.

    Cowboy Songs Various
British Dictionary definitions for flunky

flunky

/ˈflʌŋkɪ/
noun (pl) flunkies, flunkeys
1.
a servile or fawning person
2.
a person who performs menial tasks
3.
generally (derogatory) a manservant in livery
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flunky
n.

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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