Definition of obsequious in English:

obsequious

Line breaks: ob|se¦qui|ous
Pronunciation: /əbˈsiːkwɪəs
 
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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
North American informal brown-nosing
British vulgar slang arse-licking, bum-sucking
North American vulgar slang kiss-ass, ass-kissing

Origin

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

Derivatives

obsequiously

adverb
More 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

noun
More 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.

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