Definition of henchman in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛn(t)ʃmən

noun (plural henchmen)

chiefly derogatory
1A faithful follower or political supporter, especially one prepared to engage in crime or violence by way of service: the dictator’s henchman
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  • Half an hour later and Natalie had been kidnapped by evil henchmen whilst Daniel engaged in fierce battle.
  • Supervillains often employ the services of various henchmen to do their dirty work for them.
  • The worst enemies of gold are obviously the world's top bankers (with a few exceptions) and their law-making political henchmen.
follower, supporter, assistant, aide, helper, adjutant, right-hand man;
bodyguard, minder, protector
North American informal body man
1.1 historical A squire or page of honour to a person of rank.
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  • The ownership of land has been the nub of popular discontent in Britain since the Normans, when much of England and Wales - and large slices of Scotland and Ireland - was handed out piecemeal to henchmen.
1.2(In Scotland) the principal attendant of a Highland chief.


Middle English, from Old English hengest 'male horse' + man, the original sense being probably 'groom'. In the mid 19th century the sense 'principal attendant of a Highland chief' was popularized by Sir Walter Scott, whence the current (originally US) usage.

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