serf «surf», noun.
1. a peasant in the feudal system midway between a freeman and a slave: »

The serf was a bondman, generally bound to the soil, and required to provide certain payments and services to his lord…but by custom, the serf enjoyed certain rights (Bryce Lyon).

2. Figurative. a person treated almost like a slave; person who is mistreated or underpaid. A serf has little or no hope of advancement, change, or the like.
3. Obsolete. a slave.
[< Old French serf < Latin servus slave]
serf´like´, adjective.

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