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lacquey

[lak-ee] /ˈlæk i/
noun, plural lacqueys, verb (used with object), lacqueyed, lacqueying.
1.

lackey

or lacquey

[lak-ee] /ˈlæk i/
noun, plural lackeys.
1.
a servile follower; toady.
2.
a footman or liveried manservant.
verb (used with object), lackeyed, lackeying.
3.
to attend as a lackey does.
Origin of lackey
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French laquais, perhaps < Catalan lacayo, alacayo < ?
Related forms
unlackeyed, adjective
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  • The lacquey declared with a knowing wink afterwards that his lordship must 'ave been drinkin'!

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "Animal," was the retort—for true courtesy commend me to a lacquey!

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • It was his lacquey, or his father's, who denounced us to-night!

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Robeccal had said a few words to her before he went away with the lacquey.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • The Marquis asked for Cyprien; he had not been seen in the hôtel for two days, the lacquey replied.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Don't I know that the duty of a lacquey in Madrid is to lie with a good grace?

  • Then tell me why, when we were at the soirée last evening, at a name pronounced by a lacquey you became ghastly pale.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • My household is small and humble, but I have just lost my lacquey, who died of fever.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Was this a mere stroke of humour, or designed to insinuate that the freedom of criticism could only be allowed to his lacquey?

  • From the station of a lacquey, an Italian who can amass riches, may rise to that of duke.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
British Dictionary definitions for lacquey

lackey

/ˈlækɪ/
noun
1.
a servile follower; hanger-on
2.
a liveried male servant or valet
3.
a person who is treated like a servant
verb
4.
when intr, often foll by for. to act as a lackey (to)
Also (rare) lacquey
Word Origin
C16: via French laquais, from Old French, perhaps from Catalan lacayo, alacayo; perhaps related to alcalde
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Word Origin and History for lacquey

lackey

n.

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.

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