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 Even if Hickenlooper made the mistake of taking a plane ride, does that in any way weigh more heavily than supporting Gardner, who is a Trump lackey who voted with Trump 98% of the time. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Cancel culture has already lost the argument (8/4/20)," 4 Aug. 2020 And really, what stops the GOP from cooking up a dossier and then having some partisan FBI lackey spy on Joe Biden? David Harsanyi, National Review, "The FISA Scandal Is about Corruption, Not ‘Sloppiness’," 2 Apr. 2020 Despite the limp efforts of Pence and his administration lackeys to now praise Trump for his mythological early and decisive actions, his actual failure as a leader will forever be Trump’s legacy of shame. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump's Coronavirus Reaction Reminds of 'Hunters' Nazi Conspiracy," 18 Mar. 2020 Beyond the To All the Boys movies, Madeleine has also appeared in The Magicians as Fray, a cutthroat lackey to the faerie queen, and alongside Nicolas Cage in the sci-fi thriller Color Out of Space. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "P.S. I Still Love You," 21 Feb. 2020 During the Russia investigation, Trump and his Republican lackeys did the same thing with their attacks on John Brennan, Robert Mueller, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Ukraine Defense Is the Same One He’s Used for Years: I Did It. So What?," 23 Sep. 2019 In the aftermath of the testimony last month, several Democrats painted Sondland as a lackey of Trump’s who had been an agent of the shadow foreign policy on Ukraine, eager to go along with what the president wanted. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 6 Nov. 2019 In the aftermath of the testimony last month, several Democrats painted Mr. Sondland as a lackey of Mr. Trump’s who had been an agent of the shadow foreign policy on Ukraine, eager to go along with what the president wanted. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo," 5 Nov. 2019 Many may know storm troopers as Darth Vader’s white-clad lackeys with horrible aim, but to Florida’s Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), Storm Troopers are heroes. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Shelter Finds Foster Homes for 250 Pets Ahead of Hurricane Dorian," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of lackey was in 1523

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7 Aug 2020

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“Lackey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lackey. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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lackey

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How to pronounce lackey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lackey

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

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