- obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
My ghostly waiter was preferable to the obsequious, hovering variety which pop up like pantomime villains to ask if everything is all right just as you are about to start chewing.
Paris himself turns out to be an obsequious toady in Domitian’s heady presence.
Diamond has a gentle, self-effacing style about him without seeming obsequious.
They’re surrounded by heavy linen, sparkling crystal, gleaming silver, obsequious waiters, and an embarrassment of champagne glasses.
As is always the case in France, I am not sure if she reads my apology as sufficiently humble or merely obsequious.
Everyone was desperately failing to be cool about the presence of this A list Hollywood actor, but the first few questions were obsequious and embarrassing.
Woodward’s obsequious style minimised the impact.
Submission here means to be subsequent or responsive, not necessarily obsequious or subservient.
Thus approached, I would smile benignly and direct the appropriately obsequious customer toward the objects of his desiring.
They’ve filled their almost-claustrophobic room with towering flower bouquets and perhaps a few too many obsequious waiters.
Randy is Mr. Lahey’s obsequious sidekick, lover and Sunnyvale’s assistant trailer park supervisor.
We Catholics need to possess greater wisdom than to merely fall for somebody who is obsequious, nice, polite and reasonable.
Like spoiled children, they can demand, stamp their feet, refuse to vote, be fickle and whimsical, expecting MPs to act as obsequious valets, while distrusting them all along.
The person he hires will be insipid and obsequious.
He cuddled up to his colleagues, begging for approval - he was obsequious, smart, slippery.
The award will be given annually to the journo who produces the greatest volume of obsequious offal about a sports “hero”.
They are curiously obsequious, seeming to promise presidents and prime ministers a favourable verdict in return for a few invitations, a few decorations.
Her insatiable desire to be stroked, bolstered, flattered, was met by Burrell with the obsequious enthusiasm of a knight offering the chasteness of courtly love.
He was obedient to his Christchurch bosses, but not at all obsequious.
In fact, the figure lounging in front of me seems in some respects more human than fox, effortlessly graceful, endearing without being obsequious, and persistently humorous.
A liveried waiter comes across, bows obsequiously, and asks George if he would care for the salmon.
Just a little more than a year ago, the Senate obsequiously handed to the President the constitutional authority to declare war.
“Thank you, señor,” the man said obsequiously, pocketing all the money.
If we were a genuine republic, one of our leading businessmen would not have dared to obsequiously accept a knighthood from a British monarch.
“I’ve always been by your side, Trist,” Marvin whined obsequiously.
In the past, Percy served as comic relief, a stuffed shirt whose obsequiousness toward authority figures was matched only by his imperiousness toward younger students.
But the prime minister obsequiousness to him is prompting revolt and disgust in the ranks of his Labor Party against him.
The prime minister had destroyed the industrial base with fanatical cruelty, with an impunity largely supplied by the obsequiousness and weakness of the opposition.
Make note of the incoherent speech, grammatical errors, cutesy nicknames with reporters, and crankiness from the president and obsequiousness from the press.
But in the intervening years, the State Department’s refusal to press for reform in that country turned into humiliating obsequiousness.