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flunky

[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.
Also, flunkey.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; perhaps alteration of flanker
Related forms
flunkyism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flunkyism

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 flunkyism

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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