[ɒbsˈɛkwɪəs], [ɒbsˈɛkwɪəs], [ɒ_b_s_ˈɛ_k_w_ɪ__ə_s]

Definitions of obsequious:

  1.   Obsequiously.
  2.   Meanly submissive to the will of another; servile; humble to excess.
  3.   attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; " obsequious shop assistants"
  4.   Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.
  5.   Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
  6.   Meanly submissive; compliant; cringing.
  7.   Compliant to excess: meanly condescending.
  8.   Promptly obedient or compliant to the will of another; compliant to excess; meanly or servilely condescending.
  9.   Meanly submissive or compliant.
  10.   Readily compliant; meanly condescending; servilely compliant.
  11.   attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  12.   Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite.
  13.   Obsequiousness.

Antonyms for obsequious:

defiant, self-assertive, fierce, go-getting, unruly, in-your-face, disobedient, aggressive, militant, rebellious, recusant, self-asserting, contumacious, froward, sincere, obstreperous, rebel, unsubmissive, balky, pushy, Incompliant, restive, ungovernable, contrary, wayward, ambitious, insubordinate, untoward, willful, unservile, assertive, recalcitrant, intractable, refractory, enterprising.

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. “ I, also, was furnished with a social secretary, an obsequious but very wise little man, who took charge of all my affairs outside my chemical work. ” – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  3. Shuttle and Weaver's obsequious message of apologies and hopes. ” – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  4. “ I watched as the dark- suited Japanese businessmen filed past, none with Noda's sense of style, and noticed that several seemed acquainted with him, pausing to offer obsequious bows. ” – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  5. He brought the proprietor, an obsequious little German who, on learning my name, repeated it in every sentence. ” – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  6. The commissioner, with an obsequious wriggle, departed on his mission. ” –  by
  7. “ For a while, Cromwell listened or appeared to listen with half an ear only, his attention divided between the speaker and a map which the obsequious Pownall had placed on the table. ” – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. “ " 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
  9. The freedman entered his master's palace neither saluted nor welcomed by the once obsequious slaves in the outer lodge. ” – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  10. Selim was most obsequious and seemed ready to do everything for my comfort. ” – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  11. The officer of the law, who a few minutes before had been his servant, fee- bound, obsequious took on another shape. ” – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. “ 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
  13. 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
  14. “ 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
  15. We'll tax the Nation high, the City higher, They are our Friends, our most obsequious Slaves, Our Dogs to fetch and carry, our very Asses- Lov. ” – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  16. The inside passenger made a yet more obsequious surrender. ” – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  17. Another Oriental, but not as the obsequious Hiram. ” – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  18. It chanced to be the room with the great glass cases, full of fine gowns and laces, where she had been dressed by the obsequious attendants on the previous day. ” – Between Whiles by Helen Hunt Jackson
  19. 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
  20. “ " Certainly, my Lady," replied the obsequious Mr. Shagg, " anything your Ladyship pleases; your Ladyship can have any hammer- cloth you like; and I have accordingly brought patterns of the very newest fashions for your Ladyship to make choice. ” – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier