Definition of obsequious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əbˈsiːkwiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈsiːkwiəs//
(formal, disapproving)
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trying too hard to please somebody, especially somebody who is important synonym servile an obsequious manner The waiters came hurrying forward with obsequious smiles on their faces. Word Originlate 15th cent. (not originally in a negative sense): from Latin obsequiosus, from obsequium ‘compliance’, from obsequi ‘follow, comply with’.
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