or lac·quey

[ lak-ee ]
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noun,plural lack·eys.
  1. a servile follower; toady.

  2. a footman or liveried manservant.

verb (used with object),lack·eyed, lack·ey·ing.
  1. to attend as a lackey does.

Origin of lackey

1520–30; <Middle French laquais, perhaps <Catalan lacayo, alacayo< ?

Other words from lackey

  • un·lack·eyed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lackey in a sentence

  • Too confused to say a word, she lackeyed me into my coat and then ran upstairs.

    The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough

British Dictionary definitions for lackey


/ (ˈlækɪ) /

  1. a servile follower; hanger-on

  2. a liveried male servant or valet

  1. a person who is treated like a servant

  1. (when intr, often foll by for) to act as a lackey (to)

Origin of lackey

C16: via French laquais, from Old French, perhaps from Catalan lacayo, alacayo; perhaps related to alcalde
  • Also (rare): lacquey

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