Definition of time-server in English:
1A person who changes their views to suit the prevailing circumstances or fashion.
- Let me make a prediction: the only change that will happen is that the current third rate time-servers will, instead of being appointed, be able to claim a democratic mandate, based on a turn out in the low twenties.
- On his rise through the administrative hierarchy he had acquired the reputation of a slippery time-server with naked ambitions.
2A person who makes very little effort at work because they are waiting to leave or retire.
- Prime ministers have been mostly puppets, elderly time-servers who give a higher priority to loyalty, secrecy and consensus than to principle, debate and leadership.
- Though some sneered at him as a time-server and trimmer, it is extraordinary that a man could live in such turbulent times and win such widespread praise.
- The school campaigners saw that this was dominated by a few senior hacks, time-servers who have earned their recently doubled expenses through loyal voting records.
- Example sentences
- Hove's incandescent anger and contempt for the lies and platitudes of the time-serving politicians, opposition as well as government, burns off the page.
- To say that the two communities lived in peace and amity would be a generalization, which time-serving politicians like very much.
- A culture of low trust and high control produces low autonomy, risk-averse, time-serving behaviour.