Henchman meaning

hĕnch'mən
A page to a prince or other person of high rank.
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A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate.
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A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
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A member of a criminal gang.
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A male attendant; page or squire.
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A trusted helper or follower.
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A political underling who seeks mainly to advance his own interests.
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Any of the followers of a criminal gang leader.
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A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate.
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A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
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A member of a criminal gang.
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Origin of henchman

  • Middle English hengsman, henshman servant to a person of rank hengest horse (from Old English) man man man
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English hencheman, henseman, henxman (“a groom, page, attendant”), from Old English *hengstmann, *hengestmann (“groom”, literally “horseman”), from hengst, hengest (“stallion, horse, steed, gelding”) (from Proto-Germanic *hangistaz (“stallion”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱanḱest-, *kankest- (“horse”)) + mann (“man”). Cognate with German Hengstmann (“a groom”), Icelandic hestamaður (“horseman, groom”). More at man.
    From Wiktionary