What is a flunkey?

What is a flunkey? Here are some definitions.

  1. (derogatory) An underling; a liveried servant or a footman; servant, retainer – a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
  2. One who is obsequious or cringing; a snob.
  3. (US, finance, slang) One easily deceived in buying stocks; an inexperienced and unwary jobber.
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I had nothing else to turn to, so I remained with him, and allowed myself to become his flunkey.
A flunkey handed him an uncut Times, which he proceeded to cut with a skill which betrayed familiarity with this delicate operation.
The flunkey referred her to Count Rechberg, the aide-de-camp on duty.
The judge believes he was acting like a flunkey and errand boy for the government by backing its anti-democratic terror legislation.
The flunkey in the hall was evidently expecting his arrival.
Shakespeare was a sycophant, a flunkey if you will, but nothing worse.

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