from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Abjectly submissive; slavish.
- adj. Of or suitable to a slave or servant.
- adj. Of or relating to servitude or forced labor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to a slave
- adj. submissive or slavish
- n. An element which forms no part of the original root.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning
- adj. Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
- adj. Not belonging to the original root.
- adj. Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune.
- n. An element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to slaves or servants.
- Consisting or made up of slaves; belonging to the class of slaves; held in subjection; dependent.
- Pertaining or appropriate to a slave or dependent; fit or proper for a slave.
- Resembling a slave or dependent; characteristic or worthy of a slave; slavish; hence, mean-spirited; cringing; base; lacking independence.
- Obedient; subject.
- In grammar, of secondary or subordinate character; not independent, but answering an orthographic purpose.
- n. A slave; a menial.
- n. In grammar, a servile element, whether sound or character; a non-radical element.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
- adj. relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants
Middle English, from Latin servīlis, from servus, slave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin servīlis. (Wiktionary)