An example of your lackey is the guy you send to pick up your dry cleaning and take care of silly little tasks you don't feel like handling.
- a male servant of low rank, usually in some sort of livery or uniform
- a follower who carries out another's orders like a servant; toady
Origin of lackeyFrench laquais, a lackey, soldier from Catalan alacay from Spanish lacayo, lackey, footman from Old Spanish alcayaz from Arabic alq??id: see alcaide
intransitive verb-·eyed, -·ey·ing
- A servile follower; a toady.
- A liveried male servant; a footman.
verblack·eyed, lack·ey·ing, lack·eys
Origin of lackeyFrench laquais from Middle French alagues, lacayz military valet, perhaps ultimately ( via Byzantine Greek oulakēs ) from Ottoman Turkish ulak courier Old Turkic ulaq stage horse, relay horse, postal delivery from ulamaq to join, connect
(third-person singular simple present lackeys, present participle lackeying, simple past and past participle lackeyed)