Crashaw did not imitate his example; he was all officiousness, he had the air of a chief superintendent of police.
They are our friends to to such a degree as even to teaze us with their officiousness.
There were visits of kindness as well as visits of officiousness.
Burns is not the only person who has suffered from this sort of officiousness.
Lavater's officiousness is well enough known, and disapproved by all right-thinking men.
But well-meaning, though ignorant, officiousness would not suffer it to be so.
But, I thank God, officiousness in other men's matters shall not be one of them.
Sir, officiousness is not politeness, she said very slowly and forcibly.
Excepting their officiousness and arrogance, Barri and Rivera were moral and able men.
Her officiousness seemed to hurt him more than the pain in his chest.
1560s, "zealous, eager to serve," from Latin officiosus "full of courtesy, dutiful, obliging," from officium "duty, service" (see office). Sense of "meddlesome, doing more than is asked or required" had emerged by 1600 (in officiously). An officious lie (1570s) is one told to do good to another person (from Latin mendocium officiosum or French mensonge officieux). Related: Officiousness.