Definition of obliging in English:

obliging

adjective

  • Willing to do a service or kindness; helpful.

    ‘one of the most obliging stewards’
    ‘it's very obliging of him’
    • ‘So, an obliging booking clerk spent ages delving through timetables and suggested she go via Sheffield and Leicester, at a cost of £46.’
    • ‘A very pleasant and obliging man, he gained the popularity of everybody.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the pleasant and obliging staff willingly produced a jug of hot water.’
    • ‘Kevin will best be remembered as an obliging and jocular butcher who ran the family business at 82 Main Street for 65 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have had my back waxed once before, in an experimental fashion, by an obliging female friend.’
    • ‘By the age of five her mother was happy to hand over the little girl's care whenever she could to an obliging friend.’
    • ‘Tommie was regarded among all who knew him as a very decent and obliging man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The enemy is being very obliging by saving them the journey and coming to them now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And this open-handed warmth equally encompasses the friendly, obliging ship's crew.’
    • ‘Gerard was described this week as a lovely, obliging man.’
    • ‘He was the salt of the earth, a man who was very obliging and very quiet.’
    • ‘He was not frightened to help people out and was a very obliging fellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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Pronunciation

obliging

/əˈblʌɪdʒɪŋ/