- 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 officiousness
They are our friends to to such a degree as even to teaze us with their officiousness.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Officiousness is self-seeking dressed up in the uniform of service.Practical Ethics
William DeWitt Hyde
Although this seemed a ridiculous piece of officiousness it touched me.Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
But well-meaning, though ignorant, officiousness would not suffer it to be so.
Burns is not the only person who has suffered from this sort of officiousness.
- 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 officiousness
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.