Dictionary

obsequious

adjective ob·se·qui·ous \əb-ˈsē-kwē-əs, äb-\

: too eager to help or obey someone important

Full Definition of OBSEQUIOUS

:  marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
ob·se·qui·ous·ly adverb
ob·se·qui·ous·ness noun
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of OBSEQUIOUS

  1. She's constantly followed by obsequious assistants who will do anything she tells them to.
  2. But the Democratic presidential nominee is commonly referred to as Elvis, and his running mate as Eddie Haskell, that obsequious weenie from '50s TV. —Guy Trebay, Village Voice, 28 July 1992

Origin of OBSEQUIOUS

Middle English, compliant, from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to comply, from ob- toward + sequi to follow — more at ob-, sue
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of OBSEQUIOUS

subservient, servile, slavish, obsequious mean showing or characterized by extreme compliance or abject obedience. subservient implies the cringing manner of one very conscious of a subordinate position <domestic help was expected to be properly subservient>. servile suggests the mean or fawning behavior of a slave <a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on>. slavish suggests abject or debased servility <the slavish status of migrant farm workers>. obsequious implies fawning or sycophantic compliance and exaggerated deference of manner <waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities>.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: obsequityPrevious Word in the Dictionary: obsequienceAll Words Near: obsequious
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears