There are three students - A , B and C.

A is very bright in the class.
Whatever A says, B and C just follow A, even they are not agreed with A.
Because, B and C are afraid to be beaten by A in front of the class.

Is there a word to describe a person like B and C?

  • This is unclear to me: "Whatever A says, B and C dare to against." Jan 10, 2016 at 13:38
  • It's a kind of B and C are always follow what A says, even they are not agreed. Sorry for my bad English.
    – Ronald
    Jan 10, 2016 at 13:40
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    Perhaps the word you're looking for is submissive.
    – Schwale
    Jan 10, 2016 at 13:44
  • I guess @Ronald really did mean beaten: beaten into submission
    – Peter
    Jan 10, 2016 at 14:08
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    @Ronald Maybe timid, docile, kow-tow, passive these all mean will not put up a fight, but is reflective of the individual being submissive without the domination connotation of submission
    – Peter
    Jan 10, 2016 at 18:07

2 Answers 2


Lackey (noun)

derogatory - a person who is obsequiously willing to obey or serve another person or group of people.

synonyms: toady · flunky · sycophant · flatterer · minion

This is a pejorative, so how you say the word means more than the word itself. However, even if you do say it with a smile you are still calling two people spineless, so be careful.

Your next option is ironic. The word will be intentionally used out of context to highlight how silly the whole situation has become:

Retinue (noun)

1.a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person.

synonyms: entourage · escort · company · court

"Here's comes Person A and his retinue to save the day."

  1. B and C are "followers" if you refer to them together. Or - B is a follower and so is C.

  2. B and C are 'overawed' by A.

  3. B and C are 'sheep'.

  4. B and C are 'toadies'
  5. B and C are 'brownnosers'
  6. B and C are 'sycophants'

The first option is a noun for B and C. The second option is verb describing what A does to B and C.

  • Not sure whether "a word" you are looking for is a noun, verb, or adjective.
    – Msfolly
    Jan 10, 2016 at 14:27
  • I would prefer Noun form.
    – Ronald
    Jan 10, 2016 at 14:36

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