or flun·key


noun, plural flun·kies.

a male servant in livery.
an assistant who does menial work.
a toady; yes-man.

Nearby words

  1. flunitrazepam,
  2. flunk,
  3. flunk out,
  4. flunkey,
  5. flunkout,
  6. fluoborate,
  7. fluoboric,
  8. fluoboric acid,
  9. fluocinonide,
  10. fluon

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 flunky



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 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.

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