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[lak-ee] /ˈlæk i/
noun, plural lacqueys, verb (used with object), lacqueyed, lacqueying.


or lacquey

[lak-ee] /ˈlæk i/
noun, plural lackeys.
a servile follower; toady.
a footman or liveried manservant.
verb (used with object), lackeyed, lackeying.
to attend as a lackey does.
Origin of lackey
1520-30; < Middle French laquais, perhaps < Catalan lacayo, alacayo < ?
Related forms
unlackeyed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lacquey
Historical Examples
  • "Animal," was the retort—for true courtesy commend me to a lacquey!

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • A lacquey in livery approached, leading a fine English horse.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Robeccal had said a few words to her before he went away with the lacquey.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • It was his lacquey, or his father's, who denounced us to-night!

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Carmen followed the lacquey with rather too slow a step for the occasion.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • A lacquey, receiving orders from his master, mentioned Miss Adister.

  • Don't I know that the duty of a lacquey in Madrid is to lie with a good grace?

  • My household is small and humble, but I have just lost my lacquey, who died of fever.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • From the station of a lacquey, an Italian who can amass riches, may rise to that of duke.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • A lacquey entered, and took hold of the client to dress him.

    Unconscious Comedians Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for lacquey


a servile follower; hanger-on
a liveried male servant or valet
a person who is treated like a servant
when intr, often foll by for. to act as a lackey (to)
Also (rare) lacquey
Word Origin
C16: via French laquais, from Old French, perhaps from Catalan lacayo, alacayo; perhaps related to alcalde
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Word Origin and History for lacquey



1520s, "footman, running footman, valet," from Middle French laquais "foot soldier, footman, servant" (15c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Provençal lacai, from lecai "glutton, covetous," from lecar "to lick." Alternative etymology is via French from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qadi "the judge." Yet another guess traces it through Spanish lacayo, from Italian lacchè, from Modern Greek oulakes, from Turkish ulak "runner, courier." This suits the original sense better, but OED says Italian lacchè is from French. Sense of "servile follower" appeared 1580s. As a political term of abuse it dates from 1939 in communist jargon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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