Definition of obsequious :
1. Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
2. Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.
3. Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite.
mealy-mouthed, subservient, enslaved, docile, submissive, apple-polishing, slavish, flunkyish, prostrate, spineless, sycophantic, toad-eating, fawning, kowtowing, parasitical, obedient, insincere, groveling, toadyish, bootlicking, subordinate, over, deferential, crouching, cringing, toadying, subject, brown-nosing, menial, oily, abject, truckling, sneaking, stipendiary, sniveling, servile, beggarly
- Even the capital was profoundly obsequious. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- But habitual levity soon conquered other feelings, and, finding himself freed from the presence of a man who had treated him with so little ceremony, the ex- governor shook his head, like one accustomed to submit to evils he could not obviate, and assumed the ease and insolent superiority he was accustomed to maintain in the presence of the obsequious grocer. - "The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas", James Fenimore Cooper.
- Like a sensible girl, therefore, she thought of the Count as little as possible; still less of another sinister apparition, that of the obsequious Captain Mosca, craning his lean neck round the corners of her vision, grinning from ear to ear. - "Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso", Maurice Henry Hewlett.