adjective \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

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


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


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