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Wordnet 3.0


1. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery;
[syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish]

2. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner;
- Example: "obsequious shop assistants"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obsequious \Ob*se"qui*ous\, a. [L. obsequiosus, fr. obsequium compliance, fr. obsequi, fr. obsequi: cf. F. obs['e]quieux, See Obsequent, and cf. Obsequy.] 1. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His servants weeping, Obsequious to his orders, bear him hither. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite. [1913 Webster] There lies ever in "obsequious" at the present the sense of an observance which is overdone, of an unmanly readiness to fall in with the will of another. --Trench. [1913 Webster] 3. [See Obsequy.] Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal. [R.] "To do obsequious sorrow." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Compliant; obedient; servile. See Yielding. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

obsequious adj 1: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery [syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish] 2: attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; "obsequious shop assistants"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

70 Moby Thesaurus words for "obsequious": abject, adulatory, ass-kissing, backscratching, beggarly, bland, blandishing, blarneying, bootlicking, brown-nosing, buttery, cajoling, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching, deferential, fair-spoken, fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, footlicking, fulsome, groveling, gushing, hangdog, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, ingratiating, insincere, insinuating, low, mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed, menial, obeisant, oily, oily-tongued, on bended knee, parasitic, prone, prostrate, servile, slavish, slimy, slobbery, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, sniveling, soapy, soft-soaping, sponging, submissive, subservient, sycophantic, sycophantical, sycophantish, timeserving, toadeating, toadying, toadyish, truckling, unctuous, wheedling