Henchman Hench"man (h[e^]nch"man), n.; pl. {-men} (-men). [OE. hencheman, henxman; prob. fr. OE. & AS. hengest horse + E. man, and meaning, a groom. AS. hengest is akin to D. & G. hengst stallion, OHG. hengist horse, gelding.] An attendant; a servant; a follower. Now chiefly used as a political cant term. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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