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Flunky \Flun"ky\ (fl[u^][ng]"k[y^]), n.; pl. Flunkies (fl[u^][ng]"k[i^]z). [Prob. fr. or akin to flank.] [Written also flunkey.]

  1. A contemptuous name for a liveried servant or a footman.

  2. One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob.

  3. One easily deceived in buying stocks; an inexperienced and unwary jobber. [Cant, U.S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also flunkey, 1782, Scottish dialect, "footman, liveried servant," of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive variant of flanker (in reference to servants running alongside coaches; compare footman). Sense of "flatterer, toady" first recorded 1855. "Recent in literature, but prob. much older in colloquial speech" [Century Dictionary].


alt. A sycophant; a servant or hanger-on who is kept for their loyalty or muscle rather than their intellect. n. A sycophant; a servant or hanger-on who is kept for their loyalty or muscle rather than their intellect.

  1. n. a male servant (especially a footman) [syn: lackey, flunkey]

  2. a person of unquestioning obedience [syn: flunkey, stooge, yes-man]

Flunky (video game)

Flunky (sometimes known as Mad Flunky) is a computer game programmed by Don Priestley and released in 1987 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC home computers. It was published by Piranha Games. It is notable for Priestley's large, colourful graphics which, on the Spectrum, avoid attribute clash problems.

Usage examples of "flunky".

The idea was to get Dunst to talk to her, not put him off by coming across as yet another government flunky out to milk him for information.

Now Wyrzbowski could see the muckamuck, resplendent in the egg-sack slime of its body suit, wielding its red fearmonger while flunkies covered its spindle-shanked ass.

The flunkies had left their muckamuck exposed, but it had also turned its glistening head in their direction.

I remember humming the Mission Impossible theme song with Jay as we went to plant the last few spikes, creeping with comical stealth and keeping an exaggerated lookout for any imaginary Russian spies or muscleman flunkies, as the sun filled the sky and my heart with a warm sense of contentment.

He was, to Deb, a face beyond the crowd, who stood out because he was flanked by three enormous flunkies holding burning brands as torches.

These days he had rewrite men and assistant screenwriters and a host of other flunkies to see that his barest idea was transformed into a two-hour movie.

Flunkies, priests, acolytes, and apprentices peered around for sneezers or coughers.

They were the flunkies who had brought their mistresses' diamonds, emeralds and rubies to be sewn onto bodices or headdresses or whatever, and would not depart until they took the gem-finished goods with them.

Then the doors flew open and flunkies in sumptuous attire marched inside and blew mighty blasts on trumpets.

The hotel, like the palace, had flunkies to dash forward and take charge of the guests' private vehicles, and lead them off to some coach house somewhere.

Every dish that was brought by the table flunkies, the marquis first sampled, then, if he approved, said, "Here, ma chère Adi, you may have some of this," and himself put the helping onto her plate.

I read history books all the way home on the tube and right up until Dunworthy's flunkies came to take me to St.

One of the flunkies handed me a test paper and the other one called time.

He flattened himself in the dust as a fresh crew of flunkies rushed to unroll a long purple rug about two-and-a-half feet wide.

The set of flunkies that handled the purple rug sprang into action and rolled it up behind the king as he neared the car.