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
Related formstime·serv·ing, adjective, nountime·serv·ing·ness, noun
First recorded in 1565–75; time
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Examples from the Web for time-server
Historical Examples of time-server
From Maurice Gorman, coward and time-server, there was nothing to be hoped.
It indicates that he was a time-server, lacking moral independence and firmness.
I love wealth, like all my people, but I am not altogether a time-server, or a money-seeker.
They are those neither of a time-server, a faint heart, or a fool.
He was a time-server, a self-constituted agent, and a dangerous enemy when enraged.
British Dictionary definitions for time-server
Derived Formstimeserving, adjective, noun
a person who compromises and changes his or her opinions, way of life, etc, to suit the current fashions
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Word Origin and History for time-server
1580s, from expression serve the time "shape one's views to what is in favor" (1550s), translating Latin tempori servire. See time (n.) + serve (v.).
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