Lackey definition

lăkē
(now rare) To serve as a lackey.
verb
3
1
A liveried male servant; a footman.
noun
2
0
A servile follower; a toady.
noun
2
0
To wait on as a footman; attend.
verb
2
1
The definition of a lackey is a person who does your dirty work, or who does whatever you ask.

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.

noun
1
0
Advertisement
To act in a servile manner; fawn.
verb
1
0
A male servant of low rank, usually in some sort of livery or uniform.
noun
0
0
A follower who carries out another's orders like a servant; toady.
noun
0
0
A footman, a liveried male servant.
noun
0
0
A fawning, servile follower; a lickspittle.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
To attend, wait upon, serve obsequiously.
verb
0
0

Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of lackey - lacquey, lacquey

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lackey
Plural:
lackeys

Origin of lackey

  • French laquais from Old French

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French laquais, which is probably (via Old Provençal lacai?) from Spanish lacayo, itself perhaps from Italian lacchè and Greek λακές (lakés), from Turkish ulak. Another possibility is through French, from Catalan alacay, from Arabic القاضي (al-qāḍī, “magistrate”). See French laquais.

    From Wiktionary