noun, plural lac·queys, verb (used with object), lac·queyed, lac·quey·ing.
Definition for lacquey (2 of 2)
noun, plural lack·eys.
verb (used with object), lack·eyed, lack·ey·ing.
Origin of lackey
Examples from the Web for lacquey
Take Maksi out for a ride and let the lacquey go with him instead of his tutor!The Poor Plutocrats|Maurus Jkai
"Animal," was the retort—for true courtesy commend me to a lacquey!The Shame of Motley|Raphael Sabatini
His friend, St. Luc, is with him; also his lacquey and body-physician, the faithful Rely.The Delicious Vice|Young E. Allison
Anxious to shield her from the lacquey, she sent the two little ones up to her with small bits of money.Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
A lacquey in livery approached, leading a fine English horse.The Son of Monte Christo|Jules Lermina
British Dictionary definitions for lacquey
Word Origin for lackey
Word Origin and History for lacquey
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.