What does obsequious mean?

Definitions for obsequious
əbˈsi kwi əsob·se·quious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyishadjective

    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

  2. obsequiousadjective

    attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

    "obsequious shop assistants"

Wiktionary

  1. obsequiousadjective

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

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

  2. obsequiousadjective

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

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

  3. obsequiousadjective

    of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsequiousadjective

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

  2. Obsequiousadjective

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

  3. Obsequiousadjective

    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:

    It does not surprise by seeing that a wise could hardly rise position-wise in a company for he being true to own voice and nice towards others, whereas the employees who are obsequious guys easily scale up the hierarchical ladder and they are often or always seen enjoying the gala time in a private organization.

  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. Anuj Somany:

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

  4. Hunter Biden:

    Vladimir Putin knows I know Vladimir Putin, and Vladimir Putin knows me. And the fact is that this is what is needed on day one, we're in trouble. We're in trouble. This President is shredding our alliances. This President is yielding to Vladimir Putin in ways that are obsequious.

  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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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. instigation
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