SYNONYMS FOR officious
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Origin of officious
words often confused with officious
Official can also be an adjective, and that’s when it’s sometimes confused with officious (which is always an adjective). Like many commonly misunderstood words, officious simply looks and sounds as if it could be a synonym for the word it’s confused with—in this case, official.
Given the meaning of official as a noun, it’s not surprising that its adjective senses relate to authority or authorization—for example, “relating to a position of authority” ( the official sovereignty of the queen ); “issued authoritatively” ( waiting for official instructions ); “authorized to act in a designated capacity” ( the project’s official spokesperson ).
Could the adjective officious be that much different? Well, to borrow one of the preceding examples, if you were “waiting for official instructions,” the last thing you’d want is for someone to show up and give you “ officious instructions.” Why? Because officious people rarely have any official authority whatsoever. In fact, what makes them officious is their inclination to be meddlesome and interfering in a self-appointed sort of way. Officious people deliver unsolicited advice, direction, and services regardless of what may or may not be appropriate, and especially without regard for the wishes of those on the receiving end of their “assistance.”
So, if someone shows up to give you officious instructions, by all means wait for the official instructions instead!
OTHER WORDS FROM officious
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH officiousofficial, officious (see confusables note at the current entry)
Example sentences from the Web for officious
At the factory he flung himself into the affairs of the firm with a zeal that at times bordered on officiousness.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
"So perhaps by my officiousness I converted an innocent prank into something more serious," she concluded.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Petty annoyances and officiousness on the part of federal officers gave the Saints cause for complaint.Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
"Mr. Mainwaring shall answer to me for his officiousness," she replied, quietly.Miss Hildreth, Volume 3 of 3|Augusta de Grasse Stevens
Pope soon discovered his officiousness was received with indignation.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli