obsequious

Part of speech: adjective

Meanly submissive; compliant; cringing.

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Usage examples "obsequious":

  1. As the stranger passed through the hall into the street, followed by the unwonted civilities of the spruce hotel clerk and the obsequious attentions of the negro porter, Peters stepped to the window of the office. - "A First Family of Tasajara", Bret Harte.
  2. The waiter withdrew, and returned in a moment with manager, who bowed with obsequious respect. - "New-Arabian-Nights", Stevenson, Robert Louis.
  3. The obsequious demeanour of message- bearers, charioteers, and the club- armed keepers of peace. - "The Mirror of Kong Ho", Ernest Bramah.