WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
slav•ish /ˈsleɪvɪʃ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or like a slave:slavish subjection.
  2. deliberately imitative:a slavish reproduction of the book in movie form.
slav•ish•ly, adv.: slavishly following the rules.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
slav•ish  (slāvish),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of or befitting a slave:slavish subjection.
  2. being or resembling a slave;
    abjectly submissive:He was slavish in his obedience.
  3. base;
    mean;
    ignoble:slavish fears.
  4. deliberately imitative;
    lacking originality:a slavish reproduction.
slavish•ly, adv. 
slavish•ness, n. 
  • slave + -ish1 1555–65
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged groveling, sycophantic, fawning, cringing. See  servile. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged independent.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exalted.


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slavish /ˈsleɪvɪʃ/ adj
  1. of or befitting a slave
  2. being or resembling a slave; servile
  3. unoriginal; imitative

ˈslavishly adv



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