noun (plural lackeys)
- 1A servant, especially a liveried footman or manservant: lackeys were waiting to help them from the carriageMore example sentences
- This is a man who treats women like servants and men like lackeys.
- He lived in the great house in Doocastle surrounded by servants, lackeys, and half-sirs who did his bidding without question.
- Kerry talks in generalities because he is alone and comes from nowhere and lives among servants and lackeys in hotel rooms.
- 1.1 • derogatory A person who is obsequiously willing to obey or serve another person: he denied that he was the lackey of the Chief Secretary to the TreasuryMore example sentences
- I saved you because you and your lackeys over there serve a purpose.
- And, this group of people no longer had real power, over real things; they had the power to become lackeys; and to serve as lackeys.
- Radio stations lend their microphones to these degenerate rappers who start wars on the air that end up affecting all their sycophants, toadies and lackeys who want to keep it real.
verb (lackeys, lackeying, lackeyed)[with object] • archaic Back to top
early 16th century: from French laquais, perhaps from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qā'id 'the chief'.