from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
- adj. Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient.
- adj. Of or pertaining to obsequies, funereal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.
- adj. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning.
- adj. Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Promptly obedient or submissive to the will of another; ever ready to obey, serve, or assist; compliant; dutiful.
- Hence Servilely complaisant; showing a mean readiness to fall in with the will of another; cringing; fawning; sycophantic.
- Synonyms Servile, slavish, sycophantic. See obedience.
- Funereal; pertaining to funeral rites.
- Absorbed in grief, as a mourner at a funeral.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
- adj. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
Middle English, from Latin obsequiōsus, from obsequium, compliance, from obsequī, to comply : ob-, to; see ob- + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obsequiōsus ("complaisant, obsequious"), from obsequium ("compliance"), from obsequor ("comply with, yield to"), from ob ("in the direction of, towards") + sequor ("follow") (see sequel). (Wiktionary)