noun, plural flunkies.
a male servant in livery.
an assistant who does menial work.
a toady; yes-man.
Also, flunkey.

1775–85; perhaps alteration of flanker

flunkyism, noun
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flunky or flunkey (ˈflʌŋkɪ)
n , pl flunkies, flunkeys
1.  a servile or fawning person
2.  a person who performs menial tasks
3.  derogatory usually a manservant in livery
[C18: of unknown origin]
flunkey or flunkey
[C18: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1782, Scottish dial., "footman, liveried servant," of uncertain origin, perhaps a dim. variant of flanker. Sense of "flatterer, toady" first recorded 1855.
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Example sentences
He buzzes for a flunky, who spares his boss the indignity of picking up the pink ring binders piled on the floor.
There's more as a flunky hanging around a pro basketball player.
He's the boss, because there's this history of them doing these deals, and he's a flunky and he's the boss.
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