Definitions for servileˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ser•vile*ˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl(adj.)

  1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning:

    servile flatterers.

  2. characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject:

    servile obedience.

  3. of, pertaining to, or involving slaves, slavery, servants, or servitude.

* Syn: servile , obsequious , slavish describe the submissive or compliant behavior of a slave or an inferior. servile suggests cringing, fawning, and abject submission: servile responses to questions.obsequious implies the ostentatious subordination of oneself to the wishes of another, either from fear or from hope of gain: an obsequious waiter.slavish stresses the dependence and laborious toil of one who follows or obeys without question: slavish attentiveness to orders.

Origin of servile:

1350–1400; ME < L servīlis=serv(us) slave +-īlis -ile2



Princeton's WordNet

  1. servile(adj)

    submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

    "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

  2. servile(a)(adj)

    relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants

    "Brown's attempt at servile insurrection"; "the servile wars of Sicily"; "servile work"


  1. servile(Noun)

    An element which forms no part of the original root.

  2. servile(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to a slave

  3. servile(Adjective)

    submissive or slavish

  4. Origin: From servilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servile(adj)

    of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as, servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience

  2. Servile(adj)

    held in subjection; dependent; enslaved

  3. Servile(adj)

    not belonging to the original root; as, a servile letter

  4. Servile(adj)

    not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune

  5. Servile(noun)

    an element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to radical

Anagrams of servile

  1. reviles

  2. relives

Translations for servile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


excessively obedient or respectful

servile obedience/flattery.

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