Definitions for obsequiousəbˈsi kwi əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•se•qui•ous*əbˈsi kwi əs(adj.)

  1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning; sycophantic: an obsequious bow;

    obsequious servants.

* Syn: See servile.

Origin of obsequious:

1375–1425; late ME < L obsequiōsus, der. of obsequium compliance (obsequī to comply with =ob-ob - +sequī to follow)

ob•se′qui•ous•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish(adj)

    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

  2. obsequious(adj)

    attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

    "obsequious shop assistants"

Wiktionary

  1. obsequious(Adjective)

    Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.

  2. obsequious(Adjective)

    Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient.

  3. obsequious(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal

  4. Origin: From obsequiosus, from obsequium, from obsequor, from ob + sequor (see sequel).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsequious(adj)

    promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted

  2. Obsequious(adj)

    servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite

  3. Obsequious(adj)

    of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal


Translations for obsequious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

obsequious(adjective)

too humble or too ready to agree with someone

He bowed in an obsequious manner.

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