Origin of officious
Examples from the Web for officiously
“I think that should be fine,” said Sam, officiously making a note on her clipboard.
The Scanlon brothers appeared, officiously wanting to know what they were to do next.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas|Lloyd Osbourne
They were officiously anxious to please "Your Highness," as they christened me.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison|Austin Biron Bidwell
If he is officiously attentive to our comfort, and his countenance is frank and open, look out for him.Abroad with the Jimmies|Lilian Bell
British Dictionary definitions for officiously
Word Origin for officious
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.