a (usually derogatory) term for a liveried servant or (in extended use) a toady, is the preferred spelling, not flunky. The plural is flunkeys.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • flunkey — UK [ˈflʌŋkɪ] / US or flunky UK / US noun [countable] Word forms flunkey : singular flunkey plural flunkeys 1) an insulting word for someone who is always keen to please or obey more powerful people 2) an insulting word for someone who does… …   English dictionary

  • flunkey — (also flunky) ► NOUN (pl. flunkeys or flunkies) chiefly derogatory 1) a liveried manservant or footman. 2) a person who performs menial tasks. ORIGIN perhaps from FLANK(Cf. ↑flank) in the sense «a person who stands at one s flank» …   English terms dictionary

  • flunkey — [[t]flʌ̱ŋki[/t]] flunkeys also flunky 1) N COUNT (disapproval) Someone who refers to a servant as a flunkey is expressing their dislike for a job that involves doing things for an employer that ordinary people do for themselves. Syn: lackey 2) N… …   English dictionary

  • flunkey — Flunky Flun ky (fl[u^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Flunkies} (fl[u^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. fr. or akin to flank.] [Written also {flunkey}.] 1. A contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is obsequious or cringing; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flunkey — noun see flunky …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flunkey — flunkeyism, n. /flung kee/, n., pl. flunkeys. flunky. * * * …   Universalium

  • flunkey — noun a) An underling; a contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman; servant, retainer a person working in the service of another (especially in the household) b) One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob …   Wiktionary

  • flunkey — Synonyms and related words: apple polisher, doormat, footman, gofer, hanger on, hireling, inferior, jackal, lackey, lickspittle, menial, minion, retainer, servant, slave, stooge, subordinate, sycophant, toady, underling, yes man …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flunkey — flun|key flunky [ˈflʌŋki] n informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from flanker someone who stands beside you (18 19 centuries), from FLANK1] someone who does small jobs for an important person, especially someone who does this because they… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flunkey — flunk·ey || flʌŋkɪ n. servant; person who flatters, sycophant …   English contemporary dictionary

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