noun (plural flunkeys or flunkies)chiefly • derogatory
- 1A liveried manservant or footman.More 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.
- 1.1A person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.More 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.
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- 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'.