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flunky

or flunkey

[fluhng-kee] /ˈflʌŋ ki/
noun, plural flunkies.
1.
a male servant in livery.
2.
an assistant who does menial work.
3.
a toady; yes-man.
Origin of flunky
1775-1785
1775-85; perhaps alteration of flanker
Related forms
flunkyism, noun
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  • His is the only house upon this island; also, I am his flunky and so I ought to know.

    Pastoral Affair Charles A. Stearns
  • "I'll go and ask if she'll see you," said the flunky unwillingly.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • Jones, he said to the other flunky, as Lawson stepped out of the car, drive round to the service entrance.

  • He did protest then that any flunky on the Base could read it to the crowd as well as he.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • That flunky of a flunky is personified as the hero of the story, Isaac Abraham Takif.

  • He was flunky, and took a great interest in him, as stepping-stone to his own greatness.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • He is an old-guard segregationist that he learned from the Texans you know that the colored man is just a flunky.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • One in my position could only meet them as a flunky meets his master, anyway.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • "Yes, sir," replied the flunky, moving toward the sideboard.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He was as insolent to others as he was obsequious to his master—a flunky by nature and long education.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for flunky

flunky

/ˈflʌŋkɪ/
noun (pl) flunkies, flunkeys
1.
a servile or fawning person
2.
a person who performs menial tasks
3.
generally (derogatory) a manservant in livery
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flunky
n.

also flunkey, 1782, Scottish dialect, "footman, liveried servant," of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive variant of flanker. Sense of "flatterer, toady" first recorded 1855.

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