- a male servant in livery.
- an assistant who does menial work.
- a toady; yes-man.
Origin of flunky
Examples from the Web for flunky
Historical Examples of flunky
"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
"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
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
- a servile or fawning person
- a person who performs menial tasks
- usually derogatory a manservant in livery
Word Origin 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.