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 henchmanMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 • historical A squire or page of honour to a person of rank.More example sentences
- 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.
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.