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flunky (n.)

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].

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Definitions of flunky from WordNet

flunky (n.)
a male servant (especially a footman);
Synonyms: lackey / flunkey
flunky (n.)
a person of unquestioning obedience;
Synonyms: flunkey / stooge / yes-man
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