from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A liveried male servant; a footman.
  • n. A servile follower; a toady.
  • transitive v. To wait on as a footman; attend.
  • intransitive v. To act in a servile manner; fawn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A footman, a liveried male servant.
  • n. A fawning, servile follower; a lickspittle.
  • v. To attend, wait upon, serve obsequiously
  • v. To toady, play the flunky

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An attending male servant; a footman; a servile follower.
  • intransitive v. To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance.
  • transitive v. To attend as a lackey; to wait upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wait on as or like a lackey; attend servilely; serve as a menial.
  • To act as a lackey or footman; give servile attendance.
  • n. An attending servant; a runner; a footboy or footman; hence, any servile follower.
  • n. A lackey-moth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
  • n. a male servant (especially a footman)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French laquais, from Old French.

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Middle French laquais, which is probably (via Old Provençal lacai?) from Spanish lacayo, itself perhaps from Italian lacchè and Greek λακές (lakés), from Turkish ulak. Another possibility is through French, from Catalan alacay, from Arabic القاضي (al-qāḍi, "magistrate"). See French laquais.


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