flunky

noun flun·ky \ˈfləŋ-kē\

Definition of flunky

plural

flunkies

also

flunkeys

  1. 1 a :  a liveried servant b :  one performing menial or miscellaneous duties

  2. 2 :  yes-man

Examples of flunky in a sentence

  1. If he can't go himself, he'll send one of his flunkies.

  2. <since I'm just the flunky who files his papers, I've no idea where he is>

Variants of flunky

less commonly

flunkey

or

flunkie

\ˈfləŋ-kē\

Origin and Etymology of flunky

Scots, of unknown origin


First Known Use: circa 1782


FLUNKY Defined for English Language Learners

flunky

noun flun·ky \ˈfləŋ-kē\

Definition of flunky for English Language Learners

  • : a person who does small jobs for someone powerful or important


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