[ tahym-sur-ver ]
/ ˈtaɪmˌsɜr vər /


a person who shapes his or her conduct to conform to the opinions of the time or of persons in power, especially for selfish ends.

Origin of timeserver

First recorded in 1565–75; time + server

Related forms

time·serv·ing, adjective, nountime·serv·ing·ness, noun
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/ (ˈtaɪmˌsɜːvə) /


a person who compromises and changes his or her opinions, way of life, etc, to suit the current fashions

Derived Forms

timeserving, adjective, noun
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