lackey

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noun

lack·​ey ˈla-kē How to pronounce lackey (audio)
plural lackeys
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b
: someone who does menial tasks or runs errands for another
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: a servile follower : toady

lackey

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verb

lackeyed; lackeying

intransitive verb

archaic : to serve as a lackey : toady

transitive verb

: to wait upon or serve obsequiously

Examples of lackey in a Sentence

Noun He was nothing but a spineless lackey of the establishment. a celebrity surrounded by his lackeys
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Derek is often antagonizing his lackey, the overqualified fixer Wallace Westwyld, played by Jeremy Irons. William Earl, Variety, 11 Jan. 2024 When that job ended, he was spared once again—this time because a Gestapo officer named Felix Landau, a sadist with artistic pretensions, enlisted him as his personal lackey. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, the factory bosses and their establishment lackeys cultivate their own utopian ideals centered on the divinity of technological progress and economic competition. WIRED, 22 Oct. 2023 There’s an army of lackeys to dispatch before the big boss fight. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2023 Advertisement No corporate lackey, Lodge also sought to restrain large companies, only at a slower pace. Michael Bobelian, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 Meanwhile, Hugo prepares to disrupt the GoJo deal as Ken’s lackey. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 Still, with Tom now in control as U.S. CEO, Greg’s scheming tactics seemingly haven’t failed to win him a spot on the team–or at least to continue to be a lackey for Tom. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2023 Mikkelsen and Holbrook, who are playing the villainous Voller and his lackey, Klaber, respectively, both briefly make their debut in the clip as well. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 1 Dec. 2022
Verb
With the world order disrupted, Mario searches for seven stars to defeat villain Smithy and his pointy lackeys. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 The trio quickly find themselves in a new power struggle for control of the company against Logan's C-suite lackeys Frank (Peter Friedman), Karl (David Rasche) and Hugo (Fisher Stevens). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle French laquais

First Known Use

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lackey was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Lackey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lackey. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lackey

noun
lack·​ey
ˈlak-ē
plural lackeys
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2
: an overly respectful follower : toady

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