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obliging

[uh-blahy-jing] /əˈblaɪ dʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating:
The clerk was most obliging.
Origin of obliging
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; oblige + -ing2
Related forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, noun
unobliging, adjective
Synonyms
1. helpful, kind, friendly.
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  • The gentleman answered as obligingly as before; and as to the house, acquainted him it was his own.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • And she obligingly answered each one: "Have no fear, I will do it!"

  • And thereupon he obligingly placed himself at Pierre's disposal.

  • Miss Slocum smiled, and obligingly repeated, "I'll be larnin' it yet, so I will."

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • "Here put some soda in, I've got some by me," said the concierge, obligingly.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Virginie obligingly offered to run and fetch the burnt onions.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The wind, whistling in, obligingly blew out the lamp for him.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • His coat had hampered him until it obligingly slit up the back.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Mrs. Kennedy also had friends in Pocatello, and she obligingly gave the names of them all.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • "Why, this is what they call Injun picture writing," replied Red, obligingly.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for obligingly

obliging

/əˈblaɪdʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
Derived Forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obligingly

obliging

adj.

"willing to do service or favors," 1630s, present participle adjective from oblige. Related: Obligingly.

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