Definition of obsequious in English:

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obsequious

Pronunciation: /əbˈsiːkwɪəs/

adjective

Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree: they were served by obsequious waiters
More example sentences
  • They've filled their almost-claustrophobic room with towering flower bouquets and perhaps a few too many obsequious waiters.
  • They're surrounded by heavy linen, sparkling crystal, gleaming silver, obsequious waiters, and an embarrassment of champagne glasses.
  • He was obedient to his Christchurch bosses, but not at all obsequious.
Synonyms
servile, ingratiating, unctuous, sycophantic, fawning, toadying, oily, oleaginous, greasy, grovelling, cringing, toadyish, sycophantish, subservient, submissive, slavish, abject, Uriah Heepish
North American informal brown-nosing
British vulgar slang arse-licking, bum-sucking
North American vulgar slang kiss-ass, ass-kissing

Derivatives

obsequiously

Pronunciation: /əbˈsiːkwɪəsli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Just a little more than a year ago, the Senate obsequiously handed to the President the constitutional authority to declare war.
  • A liveried waiter comes across, bows obsequiously, and asks George if he would care for the salmon.
  • ‘I've always been by your side, Trist,’ Marvin whined obsequiously.

obsequiousness

Pronunciation: /əbˈsiːkwɪəsnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • But in the intervening years, the State Department's refusal to press for reform in that country turned into humiliating obsequiousness.
  • In the past, Percy served as comic relief, a stuffed shirt whose obsequiousness toward authority figures was matched only by his imperiousness toward younger students.
  • Make note of the incoherent speech, grammatical errors, cutesy nicknames with reporters, and crankiness from the president and obsequiousness from the press.

Origin

Late 15th century (not depreciatory in sense in early use): from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium 'compliance', from obsequi 'follow, comply with'.

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