Obsequious Definition

ŏb-sēkwē-əs, əb-
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
American Heritage
Showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning.
Webster's New World
Compliant; dutiful.
Webster's New World

(archaic) Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.


Excessively eager and attentive to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient, servile.


Origin of Obsequious

  • Middle English from Latin obsequiōsus from obsequium compliance from obsequī to comply ob- to ob– sequī to follow sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin obsequiōsus (“complaisant, obsequious"), from obsequium (“compliance"), from obsequor (“comply with, yield to"), from ob (“in the direction of, towards") + sequor (“follow") (see sequel).

    From Wiktionary

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