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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Shakespeare was a sycophant, a flunkey if you will, but nothing worse.
A liveried flunkey doffed his cap and drove the Peugeot away while others dutifully hauled luggage about.
This good flunkey, in spite of his conscientious scruples, really could not resist continuing such a very genteel and agreeable conversation.
The flunkey referred her to Count Rechberg, the aide-de-camp on duty.
A flunkey handed him an uncut Times, which he proceeded to cut with a skill which betrayed familiarity with this delicate operation.
The judge believes he was acting like a flunkey and errand boy for the government by backing its anti-democratic terror legislation.

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