Definition of lackey in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlaki

noun (plural lackeys)

  • 2 (also lackey moth) A brownish European moth of woods and hedgerows, the caterpillars of which live communally in a silken tent on the food tree.
    [ mid 19th century: from the resemblance of the coloured stripes of its caterpillars to a footman's livery]
    • Malacosoma neustria, family Lasiocampidae

verb (lackeys, lackeying, lackeyed)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Behave servilely towards; wait on as a lackey: he had lackeyed and flattered Walpole


early 16th century: from French laquais, perhaps from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qā'id 'the chief'.

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