音标: [ɑbˈsikwiəs, əb-]

If you disapprove of the overly submissive way someone is acting — like the teacher’s pet or a celebrity’s assistant — call them by the formal adjective obsequious.

There are many words in the English language for a person or an action that is overly obedient and submissive. Obsequious people are usually not being genuine; they resort to flattery and other fawning ways to stay in the good graces of authority figures. An obsequious person can be called a bootlicker, a brownnoser or a toady. You can also say that someone gives an obsequious bow, a gesture that means, “your wish is my command.”

I think the most important thing is to be respectful to the judges but not obsequious.

that obsequious little shit!

My role is to be sly, obsequious and without scruples.

  • I’m sorry, sir. - Don’t be so damned obsequious.