1 lowly, servile, humble, subservient, base, low, mean, slavish, demeaning, degrading, ignoble; routine, unskilled:
He took a number of menial jobs to pay for his daughter's wedding.
2 servile, fawning, grovelling, toadying, sycophantic, obsequious, cringing, time-serving, flattering, snivelling, Colloq boot-licking, Taboo Slang brown-nosing:
His insecurity makes him surround himself with menial hangers-on.
3 lackey, flunkey, serf, slave, underling, minion, Brit fag, Colloq Brit dogsbody, skivvy, US gofer:
He works as one of the menials in the hotel kitchen.
4 toady, sycophant, yes-man, lickspittle, leech, parasite, time-server, Colloq bootlicker, Taboo Slang brown-nose(r):
The film star was attended by a retinue of menials, all anxious to keep in her favour.