flun·ky | \ˈfləŋ-kē \
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


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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Of course, Trump flunkies like Conway and Stephen Miller have nothing of substance to add to any topic or conversation. Luke Darby, GQ, "Kellyanne Conway Is Back on the Air and Still Doing All the Same Nonsense," 22 Apr. 2018 Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky! Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "After bizarre interview, CNN had to call security on top Trump adviser," 8 Jan. 2018 The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s lies about Stormy Daniels and his lawyers are a reminder: never trust this White House," 3 May 2018 Snider finally extracted a crinkled piece of white paper like a flunky, high school sophomore handing in his world history homework. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump's talk with video game execs recalls Senate's concern that rock was possible root of teen problems," 18 Mar. 2018 Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky! Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "After bizarre interview, CNN had to call security on top Trump adviser," 8 Jan. 2018 But some flunky in the AG’s office decided to do to me what Seamus the Irish Setter used to do to the roof of Mitt Romney’s car. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Charlie Austin was the nicest guy in a competitive business," 11 Apr. 2018 That’s what some of Rahm's flunkies at the Chicago Public Schools did a few years back when Joanna Brown, a Logan Square activist, asked for public documents about a school closing. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics After veteran's home cover-up, is Rauner the state's most secretive schmuck?," 6 Apr. 2018 Of the many ways in which Trump has asked his various flunkies to debase themselves for his benefit, having a lawyer borrow against his own home might be the most hilarious. Jay Willis, GQ, "Donald Trump and His Lawyers Are Bungling the Stormy Daniels Story in Spectacular Fashion," 12 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

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

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