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Dictionary Definition



1 a male servant (especially a footman) [syn: flunky, flunkey]
2 a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage [syn: sycophant, toady, crawler]

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Extensive Definition

A lackey or lacquey is a term for a uniformed manservant, in its original meaning (attested 1529, according to the OED).
The modern connotation of "servile follower" appeared later, in 1588 (OED).


There are several theories about the origins of the word. By one theory, it is derived from Medieval French laquais, "foot soldier, footman, servant", ultimately from Turkish ulak, literally "a messenger".


lackey in Bulgarian: Измекяр
lackey in Danish: Livrist
lackey in German: Lakai
lackey in French: Laquais
lackey in Norwegian: Lakei
lackey in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lakei
lackey in Russian: Лакей
lackey in Finnish: Lakeija

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