lackey

noun
lack·​ey | \ ˈla-kē How to pronounce lackey (audio) \
plural lackeys

Definition of lackey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : someone who does menial tasks or runs errands for another
2 : a servile follower : toady

lackey

verb
lackeyed; lackeying

Definition of lackey (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic : to serve as a lackey : toady

transitive verb

: to wait upon or serve obsequiously

Synonyms & Antonyms for lackey

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Matthew Macfadyen as Shiv’s fragile yet conniving husband Tom; Nicholas Braun as his lackey, Greg; and J. Smith-Cameron’s Gerri, who remains in place as interim CEO. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 28 June 2022 Even the new characters — notably Mamoudou Athie’s corporate lackey and DeWanda Wise’s world-weary pilot — are stock archetypes borrowed from the Pop Culture 101 stockpile. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 Only to be told by a lackey on my way out that Cannon had sold the exact same package to our U.K. competitor. Angus Finney, Variety, 10 May 2022 Mulvaney, a long-time Republican functionary, distinguished himself during his tenure in the administration as a loyal Trump lackey. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Neil Maskell gives a riveting performance as the title character, a mob lackey and loving father who goes after his former boss and father-in-law Norm (David Hayman) when the old man interferes with Bull’s attempt to take custody of his son. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The war changed the dynamic of the parliamentary campaign, as the opposition seized on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to present Mr. Orbán as Mr. Putin’s lackey in Europe. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2022 The series has made Maleficent’s storyline since the first game an incredibly slow burn, with her and her lackey, Pete, essentially just gathering more information on the universe in the background of Sora’s adventures. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 During your journey, Trolley Problem, Inc leads you on a merry jig from being a simple lever-pulling transport lackey and into the hospital business, before upgrading you into the world of AI, the military, and beyond. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 As Nixon lackey Jeb Magruder in Starz's Gaslit, and doting fangelyne/personal assistant Rick Krause in Peacock's Angelyne. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lackey

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lackey

Noun

Middle French laquais

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“Lackey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lackey. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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