Definition of flunkey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also flunky) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌŋki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌŋki//
    (pl. flunkeys, flunkies)
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  1. 1(disapproving) a person who tries to please somebody who is important and powerful by doing small jobs for them The minister arrived, surrounded by the usual subservient flunkeys.
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a servant in uniform a team of hired flunkeys
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent. (originally Scots): perhaps from flank in the sense ‘a person who stands at one's flank’.