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

    Pastoral Affair Charles A. Stearns
  • "I'll go and ask if she'll see you," said the flunky unwillingly.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • Jones, he said to the other flunky, as Lawson stepped out of the car, drive round to the service entrance.

  • 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
  • That flunky of a flunky is personified as the hero of the story, Isaac Abraham Takif.

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

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • He is an old-guard segregationist that he learned from the Texans you know that the colored man is just a flunky.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • One in my position could only meet them as a flunky meets his master, anyway.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • "Yes, sir," replied the flunky, moving toward the sideboard.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He was as insolent to others as he was obsequious to his master—a flunky by nature and long education.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for flunky


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 flunky

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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