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’
    • ‘He was the salt of the earth, a man who was very obliging and very quiet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The very happy and obliging young service ladies were resplendent in snappy white shorts and tops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, an obliging booking clerk spent ages delving through timetables and suggested she go via Sheffield and Leicester, at a cost of £46.’
    • ‘Kevin will best be remembered as an obliging and jocular butcher who ran the family business at 82 Main Street for 65 years.’
    • ‘A very pleasant and obliging man, he gained the popularity of everybody.’
    • ‘He was not frightened to help people out and was a very obliging fellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the age of five her mother was happy to hand over the little girl's care whenever she could to an obliging friend.’
    • ‘The enemy is being very obliging by saving them the journey and coming to them now.’
    • ‘I have had my back waxed once before, in an experimental fashion, by an obliging female friend.’
    • ‘Gerard was described this week as a lovely, obliging man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course you could borrow one from an obliging neighbour, but they are then in the same precarious position.’
    • ‘However, the pleasant and obliging staff willingly produced a jug of hot water.’
    • ‘The staff of the school have been very obliging and friendly.’
    • ‘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/