obsequious

  • 1 Obsequious — Ob*se qui*ous, a. [L. obsequiosus, fr. obsequium compliance, fr. obsequi, fr. obsequi: cf. F. obs[ e]quieux, See {Obsequent}, and cf. {Obsequy}.] 1. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 obsequious — I adjective compilable, compliant, concessive, crawling, cringing, crouching, deferential, docile, enslaved, fawning, flattering, groveling, humble, ingratiating, obedient, scraping, servile, slavish, spineless, submissive, subordinate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 obsequious — (adj.) late 15c., prompt to serve, from L. obsequiosus compliant, obedient, from obsequium compliance, dutiful service, from obsequi to accommodate oneself to the will of another, from ob after (see OB (Cf. ob )) + sequi to follow (see SEQUEL (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 obsequious — *subservient, servile, slavish, menial Analogous words: deferential, obeisant (see corresponding nouns at HONOR): *compliant, acquiescent: sycophantic, parasitic, toadyish (see corresponding nouns at PARASITE): cringing, fawning, truckling,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 obsequious — [adj] groveling, submissive abject, beggarly, brownnosing*, complacent, compliable, compliant, cringing, crouching, deferential, enslaved, fawning, flattering, ingratiating, kowtowing*, menial, obeisant, oily*, parasitic, parasitical, prostrate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 obsequious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree. DERIVATIVES obsequiously adverb obsequiousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin obsequium compliance , from obsequi follow, comply with …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 obsequious — [əb sē′kwē əs, äbsē′kwē əs] adj. [ME obsequyouse < L obsequiosus < obsequium, compliance < obsequi, to comply with < ob (see OB ) + sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning 2. Archaic …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 obsequious — adjective an elderly gentlemen surrounded by obsequious heirs Syn: servile, ingratiating, sycophantic, fawning, unctuous, oily, oleaginous, groveling, cringing, subservient, submissive, slavish; informal brown nosing, bootlicking, smarmy; vulgar… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 9 obsequious — obsequiously, adv. obsequiousness, n. /euhb see kwee euhs/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow. 2. servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants. 3. obedient; dutiful. [1375 …

    Universalium

  • 10 obsequious — [[t]ɒbsi͟ːkwiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as obsequious, you are criticizing them because they are too eager to help or agree with someone more important than them. Barrow was positively obsequious to me until he… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 obsequious — ob•se•qui•ous [[t]əbˈsi kwi əs[/t]] adj. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning; sycophantic: an obsequious bow; obsequious servants[/ex] • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME < L obsequiōsus, der. of obsequium… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 obsequious — /əbˈsikwiəs / (say uhb seekweeuhs), /ɒb / (say ob ) adjective 1. excessively deferential or compliant: obsequious servants. 2. showing excessive deference: an obsequious bow. 3. Rare compliant; obedient; dutiful. {Middle English, from Latin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 obsequious — adjective /əbˈsiːkwi.əs/ a) Obedient, compliant with someone elses orders or wishes. Translation falls especially short of this conceit which carries the whole flamboyance of the Spanish language. It was intended as an obsequious flattery of the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 obsequious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. abject, fawning, sycophantic, cringing, servile, truckling, compliant. See servility, respect. Ant., dominant. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. docile, submissive, cringing, slavish, sycophantic,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 obsequious — ob|se|qui|ous [əbˈsi:kwiəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: obsequiosus, from obsequium willingness to obey , from obsequi to do what people want , from sequi to follow ] very eager to please or agree with people who are powerful used in… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 obsequious — ob|se|qui|ous [ əb sikwiəs ] adjective too eager to please someone, in a way that does not seem sincere: obsequious waiters ╾ ob|se|qui|ous|ly adverb ╾ ob|se|qui|ous|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 obsequious — adjective too eager to serve people and agree with them; servile (1): The salesman s obsequious manner was beginning to irritate me. obsequiously adverb obsequiousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 obsequious — UK [əbˈsiːkwɪəs] / US [əbˈsɪkwɪəs] adjective too keen to please someone, in a way that does not seem sincere obsequious waiters Derived words: obsequiously adverb obsequiousness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 19 obsequious — adjective Etymology: Middle English, compliant, from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to comply, from ob toward + sequi to follow more at ob , sue Date: 15th century marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 obsequious — Synonyms and related words: abject, adulatory, ass kissing, backscratching, beggarly, bland, blandishing, blarneying, bootlicking, brown nosing, buttery, cajoling, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching,… …

    Moby Thesaurus