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[uh-blahy-jing] /əˈblaɪ dʒɪŋ/
willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating:
The clerk was most obliging.
Origin of obliging
1630-40; oblige + -ing2
Related forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, noun
unobliging, adjective
1. helpful, kind, friendly. Unabridged
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  • We were reconnoitring when we met your party, Major, and you obligingly asked us to 'close up.'

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "I was the—the——" she paused for a word and Walter obligingly supplied it.

  • The salmon, however, obligingly kept to the pool, once in a while making a mad leap into the air and shaking himself.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • With the last word he obligingly imitated the sound of the cough.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • It looks as if it would so obligingly yield to the need either of condensation or expansion.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • He obligingly broke it, emptied the cylinders and explained how it was fired.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • The ghost had simply led them to an abandoned limestone quarry, and he had obligingly fallen in!

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The gentleman answered as obligingly as before; and as to the house, acquainted him it was his own.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • For this reason he kept the baby, obligingly named it Opal, and brought it up in his own religious beliefs.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • And she obligingly answered each one: "Have no fear, I will do it!"

British Dictionary definitions for obligingly


ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
Derived Forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for obligingly



"willing to do service or favors," 1630s, present participle adjective from oblige. Related: Obligingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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