1. [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.
His servants weeping,
Obsequious to his orders, bear him hither.
2. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess;
cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite.
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
3. [See Obsequy.] Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
[R.] "To do obsequious sorrow." --Shak.
Syn: Compliant; obedient; servile. See Yielding.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: attempting to win favor from influential people by
flattery [syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious,
2: attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner; "obsequious
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