lackey

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    Modern English usage

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

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Lackey — Mercedes Lackey Mercedes Misty Lackey (* 25. Juni 1950 in New York City) ist eine US amerikanische Fantasy Schriftstellerin. Bekannt wurde Mercedes Lackey vor allen Dingen für ihre Romane aus ihrer Fantasy Welt Velgarth insbesondere dem… …

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  • 10 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… …

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  • 11 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

  • 12 Lackey — Recorded in various spellings including Lackie, Lackey, Lackeye, Leckie, Leckey, and Lecky, this is an old Scottish surname, which is also well recorded both in Ireland and England. It is said to be particularly popular and widespread in the… …

    Surnames reference

  • 13 lackey — [[t]læ̱ki[/t]] lackeys N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a lackey, you are critical of them because they follow someone s orders completely, without ever questioning them. I m not staying as a paid lackey to act as your yes man …

    English dictionary

  • 14 lackey — I. noun (plural lackeys) Etymology: Middle French laquais Date: 1523 1. a. footman 2, servant b. someone who does menial tasks or runs errands for another 2. a servile follower ; toady II …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 lackey — /lak ee/, n., pl. lackeys, v., lackeyed, lackeying. n. 1. a servile follower; toady. 2. a footman or liveried manservant. v.t. 3. to attend as a lackey does. Also, lacquey. [1520 30; < MF laquais, perh. < Catalan lacayo, alacayo < ?] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 16 lackey — lack|ey [ læki ] noun count 1. ) someone who is too willing to do whatever someone else tells them to do, especially when the person, organization, etc. being obeyed is much more important or powerful: The ambassador is careful not to appear to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 lackey — [16] By a circuitous series of steps, lackey is of Arabic origin. English borrowed it from French laquais, which originally denoted a sort of foot soldier, and hence a ‘footman’ or ‘servant’. French in turn got it from Catalan alacay, whose… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 lackey — adj Bad, lazy, worthless. Her attitude is so lackey. 1990s …

    Historical dictionary of American slang

  • 19 lackey — /ˈlæki / (say lakee) noun (plural lackeys) 1. a footman or liveried manservant. 2. a servile follower. –verb (t) (lackeyed, lackeying) 3. to attend as a lackey does. Also, lacquey. {French laquais, from Spanish lacayo foot soldier} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 lackey — [16] By a circuitous series of steps, lackey is of Arabic origin. English borrowed it from French laquais, which originally denoted a sort of foot soldier, and hence a ‘footman’ or ‘servant’. French in turn got it from Catalan alacay, whose… …

    Word origins