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'. This refers to his having fought with Edward IV at Barnet in 1471. [< OldEngl. hengest = stallion + man]

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  • 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

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

  • 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

  • henchman — *follower, adherent, disciple, partisan, satellite, sectary …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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