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

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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 King Arthur goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 King Arthur goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 John Smith saves the man who fell overboard; Ratcliffe is the government lackey in a suit who hunkers down in his cabin and only emerges once the danger has passed, clutching his pug while his manservant shields him with an umbrella. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 13 Apr. 2021 King Arthur goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the flashback timeline, Mariana learns from her lackey Elroy that Sara is pregnant with her husband Cesar's child. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 6 Apr. 2021 King Arthur goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 King Arthur goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 But Beijing’s lackey, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, warned that any attempt to gain enough seats to undermine Beijing’s legislative agenda could constitute a crime under the new national security law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2021

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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lackey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lackey

disapproving : a person who is or acts like a weak servant of someone powerful

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