- characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
- servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
- obedient; dutiful.
Origin of obsequious
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Examples from the Web for obsequious
Still, for the last year the media has been treating the Abe regime with obsequious deference.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors
October 24, 2014
All week, the nation has been gripped by a classic tale—a powerful yet married man meets a younger, hot, obsequious woman.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
"The same, Sir, at your service," replied the obsequious valet.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Who knows, thought I, but I owe all this obsequious deference to my horse?Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
He dropped her hand at the obsequious voice of the waiter at his elbow.Miss Pat at School
It took a Tudor will to do the deed, and it took an obsequious Tudor age to accept it.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
Selim was most obsequious, and seemed ready to do everything for my comfort.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
- obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
- rare submissive or compliant
Word Origin and History for obsequious
late 15c., "prompt to serve," from Middle French obséquieux (15c.), from Latin obsequiosus "compliant, obedient," from obsequium "compliance, dutiful service," from obsequi "to accommodate oneself to the will of another," from ob "after" (see ob-) + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Pejorative sense of "fawning, sycophantic" had emerged by 1590s. Related: Obsequiously; obsequiousness (mid-15c.).