Definition of obliging in English:



  • Willing to do a service or kindness; helpful.

    ‘one of the most obliging stewards’
    ‘it's very obliging of him’
    • ‘They boost their own expenses and expand their empires and then, when they discover that they cannot deliver services, they turn to the obliging taxpayer.’
    • ‘Kevin will best be remembered as an obliging and jocular butcher who ran the family business at 82 Main Street for 65 years.’
    • ‘By the age of five her mother was happy to hand over the little girl's care whenever she could to an obliging friend.’
    • ‘He was the salt of the earth, a man who was very obliging and very quiet.’
    • ‘I have had my back waxed once before, in an experimental fashion, by an obliging female friend.’
    • ‘He was not frightened to help people out and was a very obliging fellow.’
    • ‘When I started drinking wine as a young man, quite a long time ago, I used to buy cheap Beaujolais from very obliging wine shops in London's cosmopolitan quarter, Soho.’
    • ‘He took up the job as caretaker of Mount Sion Secondary School, and his obliging manner made him very popular with teachers and pupils alike.’
    • ‘So, an obliging booking clerk spent ages delving through timetables and suggested she go via Sheffield and Leicester, at a cost of £46.’
    • ‘Some boredom existed, as in the Army during the war: and you needed luck and the obliging help of friendly men who could cover up your minor failures just as you covered up theirs.’
    • ‘The staff of the school have been very obliging and friendly.’
    • ‘Of course you could borrow one from an obliging neighbour, but they are then in the same precarious position.’
    • ‘A very pleasant and obliging man, he gained the popularity of everybody.’
    • ‘And this open-handed warmth equally encompasses the friendly, obliging ship's crew.’
    • ‘Tommie was regarded among all who knew him as a very decent and obliging man.’
    • ‘However, the pleasant and obliging staff willingly produced a jug of hot water.’
    • ‘It is staffed by the most amiable and strenuously obliging bunch of cosmopolitan youngsters who appear not to have been corrupted by working in hotel chains.’
    • ‘The very happy and obliging young service ladies were resplendent in snappy white shorts and tops.’
    • ‘The enemy is being very obliging by saving them the journey and coming to them now.’
    • ‘Gerard was described this week as a lovely, obliging man.’
    helpful, eager to help, eager to please, accommodating, willing, cooperative, considerate, complaisant, agreeable, amenable, generous, friendly, kind, neighbourly, hospitable, pleasant, good-natured, amiable, gracious, unselfish, civil, courteous, polite, indulgent, benevolent
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