flunky

A flunky is someone who works obediently for another person. You might apply for a job as a personal assistant, only to realize during the interview that it's really a job as a flunky.

A flunky's job is to do whatever he or she is told to do, preferably without question, in a docile, dutiful way. A mob boss or other criminal mastermind might send flunkies out to do his dirty work, while in the old days a typical flunky was a footman or butler — a servant. This meaning comes from the Scottish flunkey, meaning "footman or liveried servant."

Definitions of flunky
  1. noun
    a person of unquestioning obedience
    synonyms: flunkey, stooge, yes-man
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    types:
    pushover
    someone who is easily taken advantage of
    type of:
    follower
    a person who accepts the leadership of another
  2. noun
    one who works hard at boring tasks
    synonyms: drone, drudge, hack, hacker
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    types:
    plodder, slogger
    someone who works slowly and monotonously for long hours
    type of:
    unskilled person
    a person who lacks technical training
  3. noun
    a male servant (especially a footman)
    synonyms: flunkey, lackey
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    type of:
    retainer, servant
    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
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