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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Synonyms & Antonyms for flunky


daily [British], domestic, lackey, menial, retainer, servant, slavey, steward


master, mistress

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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

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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, "The Deep State of Dementia," 19 Aug. 2019 Hollywood has Rick unwittingly intercept the Manson flunkies, which changes their path. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism makes his movies better suited for the future," 1 Aug. 2019 Michael Zalewski, 23rd, and political flunky Kevin Quinn, brother of Madigan’s own alderman, Marty Quinn, 13th. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Illinois After Boss Mike Madigan? Like Yugoslavia After Tito," 17 July 2019 Grindelwald is surrounded with flunkies with no personality or purpose. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s an oh-so-English affect to the staffers guiding visitors from the station to the entrance, kitted out in scarlet red capes and pillbox hats like flunkies on loan from Buckingham Palace. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 His flunkies, as documented in a House investigation, simply were looking for a impressive-sounding number to serve the administration’s political interests at the time. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Fuel-Mileage Rules Are No Help to the Climate," 3 Aug. 2018 And he's surrounded himself with other racists who want the same thing, or spineless flunkies who will enable and cover for him. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Trump Administration Doesn’t Care About What Happens to Detained Immigrant Children," 16 May 2018 The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Trump slams NY Times' Haberman as 'Hillary flunky'; rips paper over Russia, lawyers story," 11 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of flunky

informal + disapproving : a person who does small jobs for someone powerful or important

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