What does obsequious mean?

Definitions for obsequious
əbˈsi kwi əsob·se·quious

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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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obsequious

    ob-sē′kwi-us, adj. compliant to excess: meanly condescending.—adv. Obsē′quiously.—n. Obsē′quiousness. [Fr.,—L. obsequiosus, compliant, obsequium, compliance.]

Editors Contribution

  1. obsequious

    overly obedient or attentive.

    Being obsequious is also not a good sign.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 22, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsequious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsequious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of obsequious in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A person who is truly a champion has only challengers not chamchas called obsequious people.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Professionals keep their words and the people who are duffers keep only obsequious to let own foolish word be always heard.

  3. 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.

  4. Peabody Award:

    He's irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious, people open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.

  5. 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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