henchman

  • 1 Henchman — Hench man (h[e^]nch man), n.; pl. { men} ( men). [OE. hencheman, henxman; prob. fr. OE. & AS. hengest horse + E. man, and meaning, a groom. AS. hengest is akin to D. & G. hengst stallion, OHG. hengist horse, gelding.] An attendant; a servant; a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 henchman — index abettor, coactor, coadjutant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 henchman — mid 14c., hengestman, later henshman (mid 15c.) high ranking servant (usually of gentle birth), attendant upon a king, nobleman, etc., originally groom, probably from man + O.E. hengest horse, stallion, gelding, from P.Gmc. *hangistas (Cf. O.Fris …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 henchman — *follower, adherent, disciple, partisan, satellite, sectary …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 henchman — [n] follower abettor, accessory, accomplice, adherent, adjunct, aide, ally, appointee, apprentice, assistant, attendant, backer, backup*, bodyguard, coadjutant, coadjutor, cohort, collaborator, colleague, companion, deputy, fellow worker, flunky …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 henchman — ► NOUN 1) chiefly derogatory a faithful supporter or aide, especially one prepared to engage in underhand practices. 2) historical a squire or page attending a prince or noble. ORIGIN from Old English hengest «male horse» + MAN(Cf. ↑man), the… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 henchman — [hench′mən] n. pl. henchmen [hench′mən] [ME henxtman, hencheman < OE hengest, stallion (see HENGIST) + man: orig. sense prob. “horse attendant”] 1. Obs. a male attendant; page or squire 2. a trusted helper or follower ☆ 3. a political… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Henchman — The word henchman (Germanic irregular plural: hench men ) referred originally to one who attended on a horse, that is, a horse groom. Hence, like constable and marshal, also originally stable staff, henchman became the title of a (subordinate)… …

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  • 9 henchman — [14] Early spellings such as hengestman and henxstman suggest that this word is a compound of Old English hengest ‘stallion’ and man ‘man’. There are chronological difficulties, for hengest seems to have gone out of general use in the 13th… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 10 henchman — UK [ˈhentʃmən] / US noun [countable] Word forms henchman : singular henchman plural henchmen UK [ˈhentʃmən] / US a supporter of a powerful person, especially one who is willing to behave in an immoral or violent way …

    English dictionary

  • 11 henchman — [14] Early spellings such as hengestman and henxstman suggest that this word is a compound of Old English hengest ‘stallion’ and man ‘man’. There are chronological difficulties, for hengest seems to have gone out of general use in the 13th… …

    Word origins

  • 12 henchman — henchmanship, n. /hench meuhn/, n., pl. henchmen. 1. an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a criminal: The leader of the gang went everywhere accompanied by his henchmen. 2. an unscrupulous supporter or adherent of a political figure or… …

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  • 13 henchman — [[t]he̱ntʃmən[/t]] henchmen N COUNT: usu poss N (disapproval) If you refer to someone as another person s henchman, you mean that they work for or support the other person, especially by doing unpleasant, violent, or dishonest things on their… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 henchman — hench•man [[t]ˈhɛntʃ mən[/t]] n. pl. men 1) an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a member of a criminal gang 2) a political supporter or adherent, esp. one motivated by the hope of personal gain 3) a trusted attendant or follower 4) Obs …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 henchman — noun Etymology: Middle English henshman, hengestman groom, from hengest stallion (from Old English) + man; akin to Old High German hengist gelding Date: 15th century 1. obsolete a squire or page to a person of high rank 2. a. a trusted follower ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 henchman — noun a) A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate. b) A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests …

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  • 17 Henchman — A *squire who attended a monarch, or great lord, orig. on horseback; in time, loosely, a companion or associate. For example, the tomb of Thomas, the second Howard, duke of Norfolk, declares him to have been hencheman to Kyng Edward the iiij .… …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 18 henchman — Synonyms and related words: adherent, appendage, associate, attendant, bodyguard, buddy, buff, cavaliere servente, cohort, confidant, courtier, creature, crony, dangler, dependent, disciple, dummy, fan, figurehead, flunky, follower, following,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 henchman — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. hireling, underling; flunky, lackey; tool, puppet; accomplice; stooge, yes man, ward heeler, errand boy (all sl.). See servant, agent. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. partner, advocate, aid, sidekick; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 henchman — hench|man [ˈhentʃmən] n plural henchmen [ mən] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: hengest male horse (12 14 centuries) (from Old English) + man] a faithful supporter of a political leader or a criminal, who is willing to do illegal things or use violence …

    Dictionary of contemporary English