slavish

[ sley-vish ]
/ ˈsleɪ vɪʃ /

adjective

of or befitting a slave: slavish subjection.
being or resembling a slave; abjectly submissive: He was slavish in his obedience.
base; mean; ignoble: slavish fears.
deliberately imitative; lacking originality: a slavish reproduction.

Nearby words

  1. slavery,
  2. slavey,
  3. slavic,
  4. slavicism,
  5. slavicist,
  6. slavishly,
  7. slavism,
  8. slavist,
  9. slavkov,
  10. slavo-

Origin of slavish

First recorded in 1555–65; slave + -ish1

SYNONYMS FOR slavish
2. groveling, sycophantic, fawning, cringing. See servile.

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British Dictionary definitions for slavish

slavish

/ (ˈsleɪvɪʃ) /

adjective

of or befitting a slave
being or resembling a slave; servile
unoriginal; imitative
archaic ignoble
Derived Formsslavishly, adverbslavishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for slavish

slavish

adj.

1560s, from slave (n.) + -ish. Sense of "servilely imitative, lacking originality or independence" is from 1753. Related: Slavishly; slavishness.

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