- a servile follower; toady.
- a footman or liveried manservant.
- to attend as a lackey does.
Origin of lackey
Examples from the Web for lackey
A buck-naked Jamal—don't ask—is dealing with the lackey by beating him in a bathroom.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East
June 25, 2014
When Wayne returns, the U.S. government sends its lackey Superman to pound some sense into Batman.The Super-Stuffed Superhero Movie
December 11, 2013
Last term Netanyahu gave the post to his lackey Yuval Steinitz, who was never heard from again.Lapid Lost, Obama Distracts
March 21, 2013
Opposition leaders criticized him for being a Kremlin lackey.Putin’s Biggest Threat: Billionaire Playboy Mikhail Prokhorov
March 2, 2012
Most important, his people do not see him as a lackey of the United States.Mubarak Won't Run Again: Who's Next in the Middle East?
February 1, 2011
A lackey had been discharged for some cause or other, and it was believed he had taken it.Wilfrid Cumbermede
You talk glibly of ruining—but then you talk to a groom and lackey.
To let the lackey live would be to have the bargelli in the house by morning.
She paused, however, and, turning to the lackey who followed at her heels.
The lackey who was summoned did not know where the lady might be found, nor when she might return to Paris.
- 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)
Word Origin and History for lackey
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.