[lak-ee] /ˈlæk i/
noun, plural lackeys.
a servile follower; toady.
a footman or liveried manservant.
verb (used with object), lackeyed, lackeying.
to attend as a lackey does.
a servile follower; hanger-on
a liveried male servant or valet
a person who is treated like a servant
when intr, often foll by for. to act as a lackey (to)
1520s, “footman, running footman, valet,” from Middle French laquais “foot soldier, footman, servant” (15c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Provençal lacai, from lecai “glutton, covetous,” from lecar “to lick.” Alternative etymology is via French from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qadi “the judge.” Yet another guess traces it through Spanish lacayo, from Italian lacchè, from Modern Greek oulakes, from Turkish ulak “runner, courier.” This suits the original sense better, but OED says Italian lacchè is from French. Sense of “servile follower” appeared 1580s. As a political term of abuse it dates from 1939 in communist jargon.
- Lackey moth
noun 1. a bombycid moth, Malacosoma neustria, whose brightly striped larvae live at first in a communal web often on fruit trees, of which they may become a pest
[lak-ing] /ˈlæk ɪŋ/ preposition 1. being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn’t undertake the research project. adjective 2. wanting; deficient: He was found lacking in stamina. [lak] /læk/ noun 1. deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill. 2. something missing or needed: After […]
[lak-luh nd] /ˈlæk lənd/ noun 1. U.S. Air Force installation in SW central Texas, SW of San Antonio.
[lak-luhs-ter] /ˈlækˌlʌs tər/ adjective 1. brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes. 2. liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm: a lackluster performance. noun 3. a of brilliance or vitality. adj. also lack-luster, c.1600, first attested in “As You Like It,” from lack + luster. Combinations with lack- were frequent in 16c., e.g. lackland (1590s), of a landless […]