One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A liveried manservant or footman.
liveried manservant, liveried servant, lackey, steward, butler, footman, valet, retainer, attendant, factotum, houseboy, pageView synonyms
- ‘A liveried flunkey doffed his cap and drove the Peugeot away while others dutifully hauled luggage about.’
- ‘When he opened the door, he was looking at a liveried flunky, a young boy who seemed very nervous and gaped in wonder at him.’
- ‘One of his characters in the show is Sebastian, the loyal flunky of prime minister Anthony Head, driven to distraction by the love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name.’
- ‘His father was head of the Congo less than a year when the kid arrived in Gstaad covered in gold with five flunkeys living in the Palace Hotel, attending to all his needs.’
- ‘Let Hobart thrill to levees and martial parades of Her Majesty's arms, and fêtes champêtre served by liveried flunkeys.’
- ‘Liveried flunkies rushed forward to open the doors, TV lights flared, cameras flashed and the crowd cheered as the celebrities stepped into the blinding glare.’
- 1.1 A person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.
minion, lackey, hireling, subordinate, underling, servant, retainer, vassalView synonyms
- ‘He portrays himself as a victim in The Fabulist and presents easily identifiable co-workers as the ass, the flunky, and the backstabber.’
- ‘I've killed one of their flunkies before and pawned off the ring.’
- ‘Apparently, the creepy entourage accompanying the star were not his flunkies but church elders ready to perform an instant baptism there and then.’
- ‘For three years we sort of suspected that no-way Fred wrote the first part - the editorialising and pontificating bit, but probably pawned off the rest of it to a flunky.’
- ‘Thousands of people are dead and he is impressing his flunkies with his ‘inside knowledge’ of the act.’
- ‘Finally, a flunky brought me and my photographer into the room to behold His Excellency.’
- ‘Brit - there's no way a touching, personal message like that could have come from a flunky sat in a mobile phone company office, could it?’
- ‘First examine this 1981 exchange between the strip's resident outlaw and a flunky from the National Rifle Association, set in a Washington bar.’
- ‘I'm defining a flunky as a person who will do your bidding against the best interests of their nation.’
- ‘Being a flunkey is a lot more taxing than people think.’
- ‘Fortunately, Judge Jones sounds reasonable and sensible, and not a little put out by the obvious chicanery of the drug addict and his flunky laundering donations through a church.’
- ‘Writers surround themselves with flunkeys and acolytes who will always be ready to assist.’
- ‘In the end, after more questions about the leaks and who was responsible, he had to be rescued by a flunky - which seems to be happening with disturbing regularity.’
- ‘‘Get him some,’ Bishop instructed his flunkies.’
- ‘I have worked in shady professions, most recently as a political flunky and public relations hack.’
- ‘Lenny's flunkies patrolled the club asking people to respect his wishes.’
- ‘His father, after all, has a flunky whose job is to put toothpaste on his master's toothbrush.’
- ‘His flunkies came running around the corner and they threw themselves at Tal.’
- ‘‘Good job’ is what a journalism instructor might say to an undergraduate student after an interview exercise for which he would be getting a B +, or to a flunky who had done as instructed.’
- ‘But if you set foot in Delphi, if you send any of your little flunkies after any of my people, I'll come after you.’
Mid 18th century (originally Scots): perhaps from flank in the sense ‘a person who stands at one's flank’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.