noun, plural lack·eys.
verb (used with object), lack·eyed, lack·ey·ing.
- lackey moth,
- lackland air force base,
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|Andrew Romano|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Wayne returns, the U.S. government sends its lackey Superman to pound some sense into Batman.
Last term Netanyahu gave the post to his lackey Yuval Steinitz, who was never heard from again.
Opposition leaders criticized him for being a Kremlin lackey.Putin’s Biggest Threat: Billionaire Playboy Mikhail Prokhorov|Anna Nemtsova|March 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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?|Stephen Kinzer|February 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
There was a touch of the lackey about Purvis, and his voice was humble sometimes to the verge of irritation.Peter and Jane|S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
They would have told a lackey to kick this preposterous creation into the horse-pond.The O'Ruddy|Stephen Crane
He had a score of the virtues of a valet, indeed, and with them the soul of a lackey.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
The lackey meantime had prepared himself for the affray, and Girard had produced two dueling swords.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
The light he carried revealed to him standing outside a lackey in a livery of orange and green, trimmed with silver lace.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
Word Origin 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.