adjective \ˈsər-vəl, -ˌvī(-ə)l\

: very obedient and trying too hard to please someone

Full Definition of SERVILE

:  of or befitting a slave or a menial position
:  meanly or cravenly submissive :  abject
ser·vile·ly \-və(l)-lē, -ˌvī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
ser·vile·ness \-vəl-nəs, -ˌvī(-ə)l-\ noun
ser·vil·i·ty \(ˌ)sər-ˈvi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of SERVILE

  1. <had always maintained a servile attitude around people with money>

Origin of SERVILE

Middle English, from Anglo-French servil, from Latin servilis, from servus slave
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with SERVILE


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