OTHER WORDS FOR officious
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)
How to use officious in a sentence
In Tayabas the officiousness of the Governor almost brought him to an untimely end.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
"A slip of the tongue, which Miss Ida would not have noticed, but for your officiousness," answered Charley.Alone|Marion Harland
Lavater's officiousness is well enough known, and disapproved by all right-thinking men.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.|Solomon Maimon
In any house that we wished to enter we always experienced a kind reception and without officiousness.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
To illustrate this, let us consider the main danger of childish docility and parental officiousness.A Treatise on Parents and Children|George Bernard Shaw