lackey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lackey a male servant (especially a footman)
    • n lackey a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lackey An attending male servant; a footman; a servile follower. "Like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey ."
    • v. i Lackey To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance.
    • v. t Lackey To attend as a lackey; to wait upon. "A thousand liveried angels lackey her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lackey An attending servant; a runner; a footboy or footman; hence, any servile follower.
    • n lackey A lackey-moth.
    • lackey To wait on as or like a lackey; attend servilely; serve as a menial.
    • lackey To act as a lackey or footman; give servile attendance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lackey lak′i a menial attendant: a footman or footboy
    • v.t., v.i Lackey to pay servile attendance: to act as a footman
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. laquais,; cf. Sp. & Pg. lacayo,; of uncertain origin; perh. of German origin, and akin to E. lick, (v.)

Usage

In literature:

My husband may be a good honest man, but he is a lackey.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Mirabeau exclaimed that he would not have him for a lackey.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
At first, she broke into a violent rage, and determined to drive him from her door, as she would have driven a lackey.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
I would not lightly have been my Lady Duchess her lackey, much less her lord.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Courts of Justice were its ministers, and legislators its lackeys.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
One cannot keep a Von Hetzler waiting like a lackey for a scrap of ribbon and a bit of lace.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
After the lackeys, the master!
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
In the King's Palace the lackeys were hardly awake.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
The lackey pointed to a chair and disappeared.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
A dozen or more lackeys stood in the corridor, whispering.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Lackey, Thomas, warns settlers, 286.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
He would lackey anywhere.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
But the lackeys would not let him in.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
Then comes a sap-green lackey, stiff as a ramrod, with a package under his arm.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
At the doors were lackeys; at the gates were guards.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
You've chosen Even my lackeys from among your friends.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
A moment later the door opened, and a lackey came out and loudly called the number of the Hawley-Crowles car.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
There was a scene with Father, and Father had our lackeys throw him out.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
There was a lackey ran a race, When he ran fast, he ran apace.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
Mecaenas, his minister and lackey, divorced and remarried twenty times.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

And drowsy lackeys lounge about
Beside the adjacent tables
While drunks with rabbit eyes cry out
"In vino veritas!"
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Behind the ever open gate
No pikes shall fence a crumbling throne,
No lackeys cringe, no courtiers wait,
This palace is the people's own!
"For The Dedication Of The New City Library, Boston" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Read here how Wealth aside was thrust,
And Folly set in place exalted;
How Princes footed in the dust,
While lackeys in the saddle vaulted.
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
CLARIN. I struck this lofty note of admiration,
Thou noble lackey, to express my wonder,
How from this storm of lightning, rain, and thunder,
Without a miracle he could survive.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
That stairway grand of marbled might,
The most majestic in the land,
In statured splendour, flight on flight,
He urged his steed with whip in hand.
No lackey could restrain him for
He gained the gilded corridor.
"Kings Must Die" by Robert W Service
Thou lord of a thousand acres, with heaps of uncounted gold,
The steeds of thy stall are haughty, thy lackeys cunning and bold:
I envy no jot of thy splendor, I rail at thy follies none:
Salute the flag in its virtue, or leave my poor house alone.
"The Flag" by Julia Ward Howe

In news:

On Tuesday of this week, the Red Sox issued a brief statement from a team spokesperson terming Lackey 's surgery "successful," but the update got only scant play in the media.
Joyce Faye Lackey , 70, passed away, Oct 8, 2011.
Fixing John Lackey 'big priority'.
I don't have problem with Lackey .
) But Lackey 's image took an even bigger hit yesterday when TMZ revealed that the righthander filed for divorce from his wife, Krista - who's battling breast cancer.
Lackey 's camp had no comment.
Boston Red Sox Pitcher John Lackey Divorcing Wife Battling Cancer, Report Says.
1.Why is John Lackey still starting games for the Red Sox.
John Lackey 's postgame Q&A.
John Lackey 's contentious postgame press conference.
Carl Donnell Lackey , 87, died March 21, 2011, at Putnam Community Medical Center.
Central's Lackey , Furlong Named to All-Regional Baseball Team.
A reader, sent an e-mail noting that today is Terry Francona's birthday, and he suggested another photo of Krista Lackey would be an appropriate way to celebrate.
Point/Counterpoint: Which party is Wall Street's lackey .
Last week, before John Lackey 's first start, I posted a photo of him and his wife Krista.
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In science:

The authors thank the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach for the invitation to the meeting in 2000 at which this collaboration began, and Brad Lackey for his interest in this pro ject.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
The authors thank the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach for the invitation to the meeting in 2000 at which this collaboration began, and Brad Lackey for his interest in this pro ject.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
Weisend, American Institute of Physics, Melville, New York, 2006, pp. 1428-1435. 4. Norris, B., Bossert, R., Klebaner, A., Lackey, S., Martinez, A., Pei, L., Soyars, W. and Sirotenko, V., “Cryogenic Controls for Fermilab’s SRF Cavities and Test Facility,” in Advances in Cryogenics Engineering 53B, edited by J. G.
Design and testing of the New Muon Lab cryogenic system at Fermilab
Kaspi, V.M., Gavriil, F.P., Chakrabarty, D., Lackey, J.R., Muno M.P.: 2001, Astrophys. J. , submitted,(astro–ph/0011368).
Observations of Anomalous X-ray Pulsars
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