noun, plural flun·keys.

Nearby words

  1. flung,
  2. flunisolide,
  3. flunitrazepam,
  4. flunk,
  5. flunk out,
  6. flunkout,
  7. flunky,
  8. fluoborate,
  9. fluoboric,
  10. fluoboric acid

Related formsflun·key·ism, noun


or flun·key


noun, plural flun·kies.

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 formsflun·ky·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flunkey



noun plural flunkies or flunkeys

a servile or fawning person
a person who performs menial tasks
usually derogatory a manservant in livery

Word Origin for flunky

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.

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