E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
properly means a gentlemans attendant, and page a ladys attendant; but the distinction is quite obsolete, and any servant in livery who rides out with his master or mistress is so called; also a boy in buttons attendant on a lady, like a page; a parasite.
Yes, she cried gaily over the banisters, my flacre and my tiger are waiting.A Fellow of Trinity, chap. xv.