[ uhb-see-kwee-uhs ]
/ əbˈsi kwi əs /


characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
obedient; dutiful.

Origin of obsequious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin obsequiōsus, equivalent to obsequi(um) compliance (obsequ(ī) to comply with (ob- ob- + sequī to follow) + -ium -ium) + -ōsus -ous

SYNONYMS FOR obsequious

1 sycophantic, flattering.
2 cringing, submissive. See servile.

Related forms

Can be confused

obsequies obsequious
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for obsequious

British Dictionary definitions for obsequious


/ (əbˈsiːkwɪəs) /


obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
rare submissive or compliant

Derived Forms

obsequiously, adverbobsequiousness, noun

Word Origin for obsequious

C15: from Latin obsequiōsus compliant, from obsequium compliance, from obsequi to follow, from ob- to + sequi to follow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012