- a servile follower; toady.
- a footman or liveried manservant.
- to attend as a lackey does.
Origin of lackey
Examples from the Web for lacquey
Historical Examples of lacquey
"Animal," was the retort—for true courtesy commend me to a lacquey!The Shame of Motley
A lacquey in livery approached, leading a fine English horse.
Robeccal had said a few words to her before he went away with the lacquey.
It was his lacquey, or his father's, who denounced us to-night!
Carmen followed the lacquey with rather too slow a step for the occasion.
- 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 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.