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/ əˈfɪʃ əs /


objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome: an officious person.
marked by or proceeding from such forwardness: officious interference.
Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging.

Origin of officious

1555–65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful, equivalent to offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous

SYNONYMS FOR officious

1 interfering, meddling.

Related forms

Can be confused

official officiousofficiate officious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for officious


/ (əˈfɪʃəs) /


unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services
marked by such readiness
diplomacy informal or unofficial
obsolete attentive or obliging

Derived Forms

officiously, adverbofficiousness, noun

Word Origin for officious

C16: from Latin officiōsus kindly, from officium service; see office
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