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Definitions of obsequious

  1. Obsequiousness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; "obsequious shop assistants" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Meanly submissive to the will of another; servile; humble to excess. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Compliant to excess: meanly condescending. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Meanly submissive or compliant. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Meanly submissive; compliant; cringing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Readily compliant; meanly condescending; servilely compliant. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Promptly obedient or compliant to the will of another; compliant to excess; meanly or servilely condescending. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for obsequious

  1. The inside passenger made a yet more obsequious surrender. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  2. " Certainly, my Lady," replied the obsequious Mr. Shagg, " anything your Ladyship pleases; your Ladyship can have any hammer- cloth you like; and I have accordingly brought patterns of the very newest fashions for your Ladyship to make choice. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier