• WordNet 3.6
    • n henchman someone who assists in a plot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Henchman An attendant; a servant; a follower. Now chiefly used as a political cant term.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n henchman A groom; a footman; a male attendant; a follower.
    • n henchman Hence A mercenary adherent; a venal follower; one who holds himself at the bidding of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Henchman hensh′man a servant: a page.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hencheman, henxman,; prob. fr. OE. & AS. hengest, horse + E. man, and meaning, a groom. AS. hengest, is akin to D. & G. hengst, stallion, OHG. hengist, horse, gelding
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Not from haunch-man, but from A.S. hengest, a horse (Ger. hengst), and man.


In literature:

Then old McKay turned suddenly to his henchman.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Stooping down, he seized his henchman's shoulder, and shook him, but only elicited a grunt.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
He wanted a henchman.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Halfman proved himself a creditable henchman.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
He told how he and his faithful henchman Peyrolles had been the witnesses of the secret wedding.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
As stoops the hawk upon his prey, The henchman shot him down the way.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
He got a friendly glance from his henchman, Two Whistles, but he heard his father give a grunt.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
And away back there he had been tracked and joined by his faithful henchman, Dan Murphy.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
The old henchman was very proud of the place, and had all the legends of it at his fingers' ends.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Even for his henchman the remark was almost too much.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman

In poetry:

His henchman sing, his hawk-bells ring,
His belted jewels shine;
O Keith of Ravelston,
The sorrows of thy line!
"Keith Of Ravelston" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Beside that track of air and light,
Weak as a child unweaned,
At shut of day a Christian knight
Upon his henchman leaned.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The henchman climbed the nearest hill,
He saw nor tower nor town,
But, through the drear woods, lone and still,
The river rolling down.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Pushed a henchman rudely, saying,
"Get you hence," but still he stood:
Then they gave him bread and water,
"Loiter not, you have your food."
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
'Pledges of thy love and faith,
Proved on many a field of death,
Not by me are needed.'
Marvelled much that henchman bold,
That his laird, so stout of old,
Now so meekly pleaded.
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She claps her hands, and her henchman hurries
West of the sunset sheen:
'Tis he who comes when a mist-wrack scurries,
Skirting the deep ravine;
And my heart is stirred by the loving word
He carries me from my queen.
"A Song" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Jimmy " Henchman " Rosemond Admits To Setting Up 1994 Tupac Shakur Shooting.
DC Henchman of Kazakh Dictator Threatens HRF with Lawsuit.
Jimmy Henchman 's Lawyer Denies Client's Role in 1994 Tupac Shakur Shooting.
James "Jimmy Henchman " Rosemond in New York.
Convicted gangster Jimmy Henchman confessed to setting up the 1994 Quad Studios shooting of Tupac Shakur.
After 20 years, new evidence showed Henchman was involved and even Jimmy himself has admitted it.
Former rap mogul James "Jimmy Henchman " Rosemond and six accomplices have been indicted for the murder of a man close to 50 Cent and G-Unit.
Hip-hop mogul 'Jimmy Henchman ' guilty on all charges.
A federal jury found hip-hop mogul James "Jimmy Henchman " Rosemond guilty today on all charges that he used his music management company as a virtual front for a huge drug-trafficking ring.
Last Friday we brought you the story of Scott Thorpe, a Washington County drug dealer who calls himself Jimmy the Henchman .
You Force kick that henchman , Luke.
Cheney's Henchman Gets His The Nation.
Henchman Tells Of Whitey's Black Deeds.
Bin Laden's Felt-Skinned Henchman .
Myanmar's Thein Sein , junta henchman to radical reformer.