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
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
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.