Definition of duteous in English:



  • Dutiful.

    ‘a duteous vassal’
    • ‘She is ever duteous when addressing them, but betrays her true character to the audience.’
    • ‘Everything was changing its aspect: her husband's conduct, her own duteous feeling towards him, every struggle between them - and yet more, her whole relation to him.’
    • ‘It is true that the majority physicians are duteous to their patients.’
    • ‘Whenever Buckingham doth turn his hate Upon your grace [to the queen], but with all duteous love Doth cherish you and yours, God punish me With hate in those where I expect most love!’
    compliant, yielding, malleable, acquiescent, accommodating, amenable, tractable, manageable, unassertive, non-resisting, passive, obedient, biddable, dutiful, duteous, docile, ductile, pliant, meek, timid, mild, patient, resigned, forbearing, subdued, humble, self-effacing, spiritless, deferential, obsequious, servile, slavish, self-abasing, spineless, grovelling, lamblike, supine


Late 16th century from duty, on the pattern of words such as bounteous.