- 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 obsequiously
"Your Excellency has not added your address," said the clerk, obsequiously.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Anna nodded, and Mr. Earles attended her obsequiously to the door.Anna the Adventuress
E. Phillips Oppenheim
“High, well-born, and most gracious madame,” said he obsequiously.Fritz and Eric
John Conroy Hutcheson
The proprietor served him obsequiously but did not venture to talk.Dubliners
Dishes were obsequiously offered for inspection and approval.The Kingdom Round the Corner
- obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
- rare submissive or compliant
Word Origin and History for obsequiously
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.).