Definitions for obsequiousəbˈsi kwi əs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word obsequious

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Walter Raleigh:

    But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend.

  2. Henry David Thoreau, "Walden," the Conclusion:

    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.

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