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flunkey Line breaks: flun|key
Pronunciation: /ˈflʌŋki/
(also flunky)

Definition of flunkey in English:

noun (plural flunkeys or flunkies)

chiefly derogatory
1A liveried manservant or footman.
Example sentences
  • Liveried flunkies rushed forward to open the doors, TV lights flared, cameras flashed and the crowd cheered as the celebrities stepped into the blinding glare.
  • Let Hobart thrill to levees and martial parades of Her Majesty's arms, and fêtes champêtre served by liveried flunkeys.
  • A liveried flunkey doffed his cap and drove the Peugeot away while others dutifully hauled luggage about.
liveried manservant, liveried servant, lackey, steward, butler, footman, valet, retainer, attendant, factotum, houseboy, page
1.1A person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.
Example sentences
  • I have worked in shady professions, most recently as a political flunky and public relations hack.
  • Writers surround themselves with flunkeys and acolytes who will always be ready to assist.
  • Apparently, the creepy entourage accompanying the star were not his flunkies but church elders ready to perform an instant baptism there and then.
minion, lackey, hireling, subordinate, underling, servant, retainer, vassal;
informal skivvy, stooge, sucker, yes-man, bitch
British informal poodle, dogsbody
North American informal gopher


Pronunciation: /ˈflʌŋkɪɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • If you think flunkeyism in England died out under the sarcasm of "the Snob Papers," you have complimented us grievously, as Dogberrs Skipwith would say.
  • If we are to reject foreign intervention and reunify the country independently, we must categorically oppose flunkeyism towards great powers.
  • The address starts with flattery and flunkeyism and ends with flattery and flunkeyism.


Mid 18th century (originally Scots): perhaps from flank in the sense 'a person who stands at one's flank'.

Words that rhyme with flunkey

chunky, clunky, funky, hunky, junkie, junky, monkey, punky, spunky
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