- 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
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Examples from the Web for officious
Officious kindness, which often soothes the agonies of death, was denied her.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
(searching about with officious haste) If it's above ground, I'll find it.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
She was even pleased with their officious and friendly-seeming demeanour.Imogen
“You are officious and impertinent,” said I, white with ire.The First Violin
I could have kicked Bayliss for his officious explanation of kinship.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services
- marked by such readiness
- diplomacy informal or unofficial
- obsolete attentive or obliging
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.