from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A male servant; a menial.
  • n. A professed lover. See servant, 4.


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  • He had been out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of importance to keep at three.

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  • “The mercy of Heaven forbid!” said the old serving-man, turning as pal as the table-cloth which he was folding up.

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  • He that is hanged in May will eat no flaunes [footnote: Pancakes] in midsummer — so there is the moan made for the old serving-man.

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  • “If your Grace means in temper, you know whether I am so frack as the serving-man spoke him.”

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  • “Be patient, my good sister,” said the serving-man;

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  • As she concluded, the serving-man again entered the cottage, and said,

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  • At the gate of the porch the falconer and page resigned their horses to the serving-man in attendance; the falconer commanding him with an air of authority, to carry them safely to the stables.

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  • “I will return presently,” said the serving-man, and left the cottage.

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  • “Content yourself, young man,” answered the serving-man;

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  • “You say well,” replied the serving-man, and whispered into his ear, “The packet which I ask is the report to his father — will this token suffice?”

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