[ɒbsˈɛkwɪəs], [ɒbsˈɛkwɪəs], [ɒ_b_s_ˈɛ_k_w_ɪ__ə_s]

Definitions of obsequious:

  1.   Meanly submissive to the will of another; servile; humble to excess. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Readily compliant; meanly condescending; servilely compliant. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Obsequiously. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Compliant to excess: meanly condescending. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Promptly obedient or compliant to the will of another; compliant to excess; meanly or servilely condescending. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Obsequiousness. – Newage Dictionary DB
  7.   Meanly submissive or compliant. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Quotes for obsequious:

  1. We weren't going to play the show -biz game, and be obsequious – Neil Innes
  2. Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home. – Washington Irving

Usage examples for obsequious:

  1. “ " Yes, sir," said the obsequious butler. ” – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  2. The freedman entered his master's palace neither saluted nor welcomed by the once obsequious slaves in the outer lodge. ” – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  3. Another Oriental, but not as the obsequious Hiram. ” – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  4. Opposite him stood the worthy steward, with the old- fashioned, scrupulously obsequious and infallibly respectful homage of a former generation writ large on every feature of his bronzed countenance. ” – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  5. “ Mr. Bewicke and his soldier rode with us: the latter a dark, lean- faced, unwholesome- looking man, unable, like so many of his countrymen, to grow any hair on his face- an obsequious individual too, inspiring little trust; below his long blue cloak he wore brown riding- boots, embroidered with orange, and fastening up the back with orange- thread buttons. ” – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  6. “ I wanted the obsequious servants, who ran at my bidding, and whose respectful manner was a homage I loved to exact. ” – That Boy Of Norcott's by Charles James Lever
  7. As soon as accident had put me in full possession of the truth on this head, I was no longer thus foolishly obsequious – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  8. Selim was most obsequious and seemed ready to do everything for my comfort. ” – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  9. Shuttle and Weaver's obsequious message of apologies and hopes. ” – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  10. “ " Your most obedient, sir," commenced that gentleman, in a subdued and obsequious manner, plucking off his hat the instant that he saw Titmouse. ” – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren