What does servile mean?

Definitions for servileˈsɜr vɪl, -vaɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word servile.

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

  6. Origin: [L. servile, fr. servus a servant or slave: cf. F. servile. See Serve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Servile

    sėr′vīl, adj. pertaining to a slave or servant: slavish: meanly submissive: cringing: obedient: (gram.) secondary or subordinate.—n. a slave, a menial.—adv. Ser′vilely.—ns. Ser′vilism, the spirit of a servile class; Servil′ity (obs. Ser′vileness), state or quality of being servile: slavery: obsequiousness; Ser′ving-maid, a female domestic servant; Ser′ving-man, a male servant: a professed lover.—adj. Ser′vious, obsequious.—ns. Ser′vīte, one of a mendicant order of monks and nuns founded in Italy in the 13th century; Servit′ium (law), service; Ser′vitor, one who serves: a servant: a follower or adherent: a male servant, a menial: soldier: formerly in Oxford, an undergraduate partly supported by the college, his duty to wait on the fellows and gentlemen commoners at table; Ser′vitorship, the office or condition of a servitor; Ser′vitūde, state of being a slave: slavery: state of slavish dependence: menial service: compulsory servitude: (law) a burden affecting land or other heritable subjects, by which the proprietor is either restrained from the full use of his property or is obliged to suffer another to do certain acts upon it: service rendered in the army or navy: (obs.) servants collectively; Ser′vitūre (Milt.), servants collectively.—v.i. Ser′vulate.

Anagrams for servile »

  1. reviles

  2. relives


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of servile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of servile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Images & Illustrations of servile

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