• A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate.
  • A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
  • An assistant member of a criminal gang.
  • A page to a prince or other person of high rank.


  • From Middle English henxman ("page, attendant"), from Old English *hengstmann, *hengestmann, from hengst, hengest (from Proto-Germanic *hangistaz ("stallion"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱanḱest-, *kankest-) + mann. Cognate with archaic German Hengstmann ("a groom"), Icelandic hestamaður ("horseman, groom").

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