servile Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "servile" - English Dictionary

See all translations

servileadjective

uk   /ˈsɜː.vaɪl/  us   /ˈsɝː.vəl/ disapproving
too eager to serve and please someone else in a way that shows you do not have much respect for yourself: As a waiter you want to be pleasant to people without appearing totally servile.
servility
noun [U] uk   /sɜːˈvɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /sɝːˈvɪl.ə.t̬i/ formal disapproving
She found the servility of the hotel staff embarrassing.
Translations of “servile”
in Vietnamese như người nô lệ…
in Spanish servil…
in Thai ที่เชื่อฟัง…
in Malaysian memperhambakan diri…
in French servile…
in German unterwürfig…
in Chinese (Traditional) 卑躬的, 諂媚的…
in Indonesian patuh…
in Russian раболепный, подобострастный…
in Turkish dalkavuk, gurursuz, gereksiz yere köle gibi hizmet eden…
in Chinese (Simplified) 卑躬的, 谄媚的…
in Polish służalczy…
(Definition of servile from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of servile?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “servile” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
field event

a sports event in which athletes take part one after the other rather than racing or competing together

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More