- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for officious on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for officiously
“I think that should be fine,” said Sam, officiously making a note on her clipboard.Fired From a Real-Life Glee
October 9, 2010
"Chaunge places with me, sir," cried the Lothario, officiously.Night and Morning, Complete
But who is the gentleman who is just going up to them and handing them a tumbler so officiously?A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
"The new chief will decide about those things," said Shanklin officiously.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
Why have the police been officially—and officiously—searching the house, then?The Chestermarke Instinct
J. S. Fletcher
"Say, I can tell you that right off the reel," declared Bristles, officiously.Fred Fenton on the Track
- 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 officiously
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.