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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Greville:

    I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.

  2. Rafael Cruz:

    [I’m not going to] come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father,’.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt:

    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack [ my wife ], that I'm going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.

  5. William Hazlitt:

    Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.

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