The word “obsequious” is an adjective that describes someone who is excessively obedient or submissive, often to gain favor or approval from others. It implies a servile or fawning behavior towards someone in a position of power or authority.

Interesting fact: The word “obsequious” originated from the Latin word “obsequiosus,” which means compliant or dutiful. It entered the English language in the early 17th century and has been used to describe sycophantic behavior ever since.