Origin of officious
Examples from the Web for officious
Catton never shows, she tells, wagging on in the most officious way.
His likely successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, is cold, plodding, and officious.
This last filled out a response to an imaginary indictment of an officious Crown-Prosecutor.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
What will not jealousy, goaded on by officious and injudicious friendship, do?
Col. Pray, my good Lord, let me attend this officious gentleman, I beseech you do.Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8|Samuel Richardson
I must go down to this officious Peer—Who the devil sent for him?Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
The officious man in the blue cap on the dock had shouted "All aboard!"Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for officious
Word Origin for officious
Word Origin and History for officious
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.