- The definition of obsequious is showing too much willingness to serve someone or something.
An example of obsequious is a servant who dotes on his master.
- showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning
- Archaic compliant; dutiful
Origin: Middle English obsequyouse from Classical Latin obsequiosus from obsequium, compliance from obsequi, to comply with from ob- (see ob-) plush sequi, to follow: see sequent
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Origin: Middle English, from Latin obsequiōsus, from obsequium, compliance, from obsequī, to comply : ob-, to; see ob- + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- ob·seˈqui·ous·ly adverb
- ob·seˈqui·ous·ness noun