noun \ˈhench-mən\

: a trusted follower or supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person (such as a politician or criminal)

Full Definition of HENCHMAN

obsolete :  a squire or page to a person of high rank
a :  a trusted follower :  a right-hand man
b :  a political follower whose support is chiefly for personal advantage
c :  a member of a gang

Examples of HENCHMAN

  1. a gangster surrounded by his henchmen

Origin of HENCHMAN

Middle English henshman, hengestman groom, from hengest stallion (from Old English) + man; akin to Old High German hengist gelding
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with HENCHMAN


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