Origin of obliging
Synonyms for obliging
verb (used with object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
verb (used without object), o·bliged, o·blig·ing.
Origin of oblige
Synonyms for oblige
Related Words for obligingwilling, accommodating, agreeable, amiable, cheerful, civil, complaisant, considerate, cooperative, courteous, easy, easygoing, good-humored, good-natured, hospitable, kind, lenient, mild, polite
Examples from the Web for obliging
Contemporary Examples of obliging
Ever obliging, Springsteen then flexed all the right things on a paddle board.Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64
July 25, 2014
Brown expressed the hope that the obliging spirit of the brunch would somehow infuse Washington as a whole.John Kerry vs. Bob Woodward
January 20, 2013
The obliging staff plugged the word “dog” into their computers and all the official citations came whirring out.The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
Historical Examples of obliging
He said, coolly, that he would relieve me of the duty, but I declined his obliging offer.Brave and Bold
He was as kind and obliging as it was possible to be in his circumstances.Explorations in Australia
Has finished the fourth form: is straightforward and obliging.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Then, in an obliging spirit, she called to her and offered to watch over her things.
Obliging and courageous as Habert himself was, this made him indignant.
Word Origin for oblige
"willing to do service or favors," 1630s, present participle adjective from oblige. Related: Obligingly.
c.1300, "to bind by oath," from Old French obligier "engage one's faith, commit (oneself), pledge" (13c.), from Latin obligare "to bind, bind up, bandage," figuratively "put under obligation," from ob "to" (see ob-) + ligare "to bind," from PIE root *leig- "to bind" (see ligament). Main modern meaning "to make (someone) indebted by conferring a benefit or kindness" is from 1560s. Related: obliged; obliging.