flunky

noun
flun·​ky | \ ˈfləŋ-kē How to pronounce flunky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flunkey or flunkie
plural flunkies also flunkeys

Definition of flunky

1a : a liveried servant
b : one performing menial or miscellaneous duties
2 : yes-man

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Examples of flunky in a Sentence

If he can't go himself, he'll send one of his flunkies. since I'm just the flunky who files his papers, I've no idea where he is
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, former Chancellor and longtime Putin flunky Gerhard Schroeder was nominated to join the board of Gazprom, the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 In a memorable death scene, Moe is confronted by Joey, Candy’s abusive ex, who’s working as a Soviet flunky. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 To Davis, practically everyone was a flunky, from MVA clerk to Target cashier. Washington Post, 23 May 2021 Far from embracing Western-style market reforms, Xi calcified state control over the economy and stocked its bureaucracy with flunkies and yes-men. Charlie Campbell, Time, 6 Feb. 2020 My job is to be a journalist, not a flunky and a propaganda arm for your criminal behavior and corruption. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Robert Mueller’s simultaneously defining himself as helpless Justice Department flunky and supreme arbiter of the Constitution is above all another romp in the murk. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, 19 Aug. 2019 Hollywood has Rick unwittingly intercept the Manson flunkies, which changes their path. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, 1 Aug. 2019 Michael Zalewski, 23rd, and political flunky Kevin Quinn, brother of Madigan’s own alderman, Marty Quinn, 13th. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, 17 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of flunky

circa 1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flunky

Scots, of unknown origin

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“Flunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flunky. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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