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


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 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,, "Florida Shelter Finds Foster Homes for 250 Pets Ahead of Hurricane Dorian," 4 Sep. 2019 Including Mayock, generally regarded as Gruden’s lackey. Ann Killion,, "Real or fake? Difficult to separate Raiders drama from HBO ‘Hard Knocks’ cameras," 19 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately for Peter, Mysterio is actually a former Stark lackey who’s bitter that Tony dismissed his BARF technology, which could create advanced, realistic holograms. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes," 2 July 2019 Whoopi Goldberg The star was already a household name before playing Shenzi, Scar’s chief lackey and leader of a hyena pack of three. Diane J. Cho,, "The Original Lion King Cast: Where Are They Now?," 24 June 2019 When Chris finally gets Billy on the phone, after fighting with corporate lackeys determined to keep him from speaking to the chief, the Dorsey stand-in begins to rail against his increasing irrelevance as a figurehead. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Smithereens” takes aim at the tech dystopia we already live in but has nothing new to say.," 5 June 2019 Russians who have fallen out with the Kremlin, and British analysts who take a dim view of Mr. Putin, view him as a Kremlin lackey. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "U.K. Visa for Roman Abramovich, Russian Billionaire, Is Delayed," 20 May 2018 Her complexity mirrors that of the old guide Luo, who gradually evolves from mere government lackey into a perceptive observer of the shifting emotions and dynamics within the group. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018 Humphrey was seen as a Johnson lackey who would continue the war. Patrick J. Buchanan, WSJ, "With Nixon in ’68: The Year America Came Apart," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lackey


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lackey


Middle French laquais

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English Language Learners Definition of lackey

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

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not being in agreement or harmony

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