Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for officious on Thesaurus.com 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 1555–65;
obliging, dutiful, equivalent to
-ōsus -ous Related forms of·fi·cious·ly, adverb of·fi·cious·ness, noun o·ver·of·fi·cious, adjective o·ver·of·fi·cious·ly, adverb o·ver·of·fi·cious·ness, noun su·per·of·fi·cious, adjective su·per·of·fi·cious·ly, adverb su·per·of·fi·cious·ness, noun un·of·fi·cious, adjective un·of·fi·cious·ly, adverb un·of·fi·cious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unofficious Historical Examples It was true, as Cecilia had said, that for an unofficious man it was a singular position. Towards the community she stood as an unofficious and unostentatious missionary and educator. British Dictionary definitions for unofficious unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services marked by such readiness diplomacy informal or unofficial obsolete attentive or obliging Derived Forms officiously, adverb officiousness, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
officiōsus kindly, from officium service; see office
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Word Origin and History for unofficious officious adj.
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.
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