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

n a person of unquestioning obedience

flunkey, stooge, yes-man
someone who is easily taken advantage of
Type of:
a person who accepts the leadership of another

n a male servant (especially a footman)

flunkey, lackey
Type of:
retainer, servant
a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)

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