Monday, October 06, 2008
officious adjective [uh-FISH-uhs] Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.
Definitions for officious
- Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.
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Citations for officious
Ian Holm plays a well-meaning but officious lawyer who tries to make the grieving families sue for damages.
The guy was an officious twerp, but Luke and Pete were vagrants, and a railroad employee had the right to throw them out.
Origin of officious
Officious comes from Latin officiosus, obliging, dutiful, from officium, dutiful action, sense of duty, official employment, from opus, a work, labor + -ficere, combining form of facere, to do, to make. It is related to official, of or pertaining to an office or public trust.