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Meaning of LACKEY

Pronunciation:  'lakee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a male servant (especially a footman)
  2. [n]  a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

LACKEY is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: crawler, flunkey, flunky, sycophant, toady
 See Also: adulator, apple polisher, ass-kisser, bootlicker, fawner, flatterer, goody-goody, groveler, groveller, retainer, servant, truckler



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
          Like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey.
    {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 ({C. neustria}) is striped with blue,
       yellow, and red, with a white line on the back. The
       American species ({C. Americana} and {C. sylvatica}) are
       commonly called {tent caterpillars}. See {Tent
       caterpillar}, under {Tent}.
    {Lackey moth} (Zo["o]l.), the moth which produces the lackey
  2. \Lack"ey\, v. t.
    To attend as a lackey; to wait upon.
          A thousand liveried angels lackey her.   --Milton.
  3. \Lack"ey\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lackeyed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Lackeying}.]
    To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adherent, apple-polisher, ass-licker, backscratcher, backslapper, bootlick, bootlicker, brownie, brown-nose, clawback, courtier, creature, cringer, dependent, disciple, dummy, dupe, fawner, feudatory, figurehead, flatterer, flunky, follower, footlicker, footman, gillie, goon, groveler, handshaker, hanger-on, helot, henchman, homager, inferior, instrument, jackal, kowtower, led captain, lickspit, lickspittle, liege, liege man, liveried servant, man, mealymouth, minion, myrmidon, peon, puppet, retainer, satellite, serf, slave, spaniel, stooge, subordinate, suck, sycophant, thug, timeserver, toad, toady, tool, truckler, tufthunter, underling, understrapper, vassal, votary, yeoman, yes-man