Pity the poor peon. He exists at the very bottom of the food chain of servitude, beneath wage-slaves, underlings, drudges, or even minions. His boss doesn't even know he exists.

Peon was a Mexican word originally, meaning an agricultural worker in servitude to his landlord. Today, peon has a more comic ring to it and is usually used in fun — though if you are a personal assistant to a tyrannical Hollywood star, for example, it's probably no laughing matter.

Definitions of peon

n a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

drudge, galley slave, navvy
Type of:
jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer
someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

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