Adjective "obsequious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
  1. 'They're surrounded by heavy linen, sparkling crystal, gleaming silver, obsequious waiters, and an embarrassment of champagne glasses.'
  2. 'Submission here means to be subsequent or responsive, not necessarily obsequious or subservient.'
  3. 'We Catholics need to possess greater wisdom than to merely fall for somebody who is obsequious, nice, polite and reasonable.'
  4. 'The person he hires will be insipid and obsequious.'
  5. 'He cuddled up to his colleagues, begging for approval - he was obsequious, smart, slippery.'
  6. 'Paris himself turns out to be an obsequious toady in Domitian's heady presence.'
  7. 'The award will be given annually to the journo who produces the greatest volume of obsequious offal about a sports ‘hero’.'
  8. 'Everyone was desperately failing to be cool about the presence of this A list Hollywood actor, but the first few questions were obsequious and embarrassing.'
  9. 'My ghostly waiter was preferable to the obsequious, hovering variety which pop up like pantomime villains to ask if everything is all right just as you are about to start chewing.'
  10. 'Woodward's obsequious style minimised the impact.'


1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.

2. servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.

3. obedient; dutiful.

More examples(as adjective)

"waiters can be obsequious."

"people can be obsequious."

"tolerances can be obsequious."

"smiles can be obsequious."

"respects can be obsequious."

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