Lackey
Lackey Lack"ey, n.; pl. {Lackeys}. [F. laquais; cf. Sp. & Pg. lacayo; of uncertain origin; perh. of German origin, and akin to E. lick, v.] An attending male servant; a footman; a servile follower. [1913 Webster]

Like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Lackey caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), the caterpillar, or larva, of any bombycid moth of the genus {Clisiocampa}; -- so called from its party-colored markings. The common European species ({Clisiocampa neustria}) is striped with blue, yellow, and red, with a white line on the back. The American species ({Clisiocampa Americana} and {Clisiocampa sylvatica}) are commonly called {tent caterpillars}. See {Tent caterpillar}, under {Tent}.

{Lackey moth} (Zo["o]l.), the moth which produces the lackey caterpillar. [1913 Webster]


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  • lackey — [lak′ē] n. pl. lackeys [Fr laquais, a lackey, soldier < Catalan alacay < Sp lacayo, lackey, footman < OSp alcayaz < Ar alqā īd: see ALCAIDE] 1. a male servant of low rank, usually in some sort of livery or uniform 2. a follower who… …   English World dictionary

  • Lackey — Lack ey, v. t. To attend as a lackey; to wait upon. [1913 Webster] A thousand liveried angels lackey her. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lackey — Lack ey, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lackeyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lackeying}.] To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lackey — (n.) 1520s, footman, running footman, valet, from M.Fr. laquais foot soldier, footman, servant (15c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from O.Prov. lacai, from lecai glutton, covetous, from lecar to lick. Alternative etymology is via French from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lackey — meaning ‘an obsequious parasite’, has the plural form lackeys …   Modern English usage

  • lackey — [n] servant attendant, butler, domestic, doormat, drudge, factotum, flunkey, retainer, steward, subordinate, toady, underling, valet, yes person; concept 348 …   New thesaurus

  • lackey — ► NOUN (pl. lackeys) 1) a servant. 2) a servile or obsequious person. ORIGIN French laquais …   English terms dictionary

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  • Lackey — A lackey or lacquey is a term for a uniformed manservant, in its original meaning (attested 1529, according to the OED ).The modern connotation of servile follower appeared later, in 1588 ( OED ). [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lackey… …   Wikipedia

  • lackey — UK [ˈlækɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms lackey : singular lackey plural lackeys someone who is too willing to do whatever they are told to do, especially when the person, organization etc being obeyed is much more important or powerful The… …   English dictionary

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