- 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 of obsequiousMiddle English obsequyouse ; from Classical Latin obsequiosus ; from obsequium, compliance ; from obsequi, to comply with ; from ob- (see ob-) + sequi, to follow: see sequent
Origin of obsequiousMiddle 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.
(comparative more obsequious, superlative most obsequious)
- In modern usage, not to be confused with obsequies as the “funereal” sense has become obsolete.