A lackey or lacquey is a term for a uniformed manservant, in its original meaning (attested 1529, according to the OED).
The modern connotation of "servile follower" appeared later, in 1588 (OED).
EtymologyThere are several theories about the origins of the word. By one theory, it is derived from Medieval French laquais, "foot soldier, footman, servant", ultimately from Turkish ulak, literally "a messenger".
flunky in Bulgarian: Измекяр
flunky in Danish: Livrist
flunky in German: Lakai
flunky in French: Laquais
flunky in Norwegian: Lakei
flunky in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lakei
flunky in Russian: Лакей
flunky in Finnish: Lakeija
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