officious

[uh-fish-uhs]
adjective
1.
objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome: an officious person.
2.
marked by or proceeding from such forwardness: officious interference.
3.
Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful, equivalent to offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous

officiously, adverb
officiousness, noun
overofficious, adjective
overofficiously, adverb
overofficiousness, noun
superofficious, adjective
superofficiously, adverb
superofficiousness, noun
unofficious, adjective
unofficiously, adverb
unofficiousness, noun

1. official, officious ; 2. officiate, officious.


1. interfering, meddling.


1. retiring.
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officious (əˈfɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services
2.  marked by such readiness
3.  diplomacy informal or unofficial
4.  obsolete attentive or obliging
 
[C16: from Latin officiōsus kindly, from officium service; see office]
 
of'ficiously
 
adv
 
of'ficiousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

officious
1565, "zealous, eager to serve," from L. officiosus "dutiful," 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 (1577) is one told to do good to another person (from
L. mendocium officiosum or Fr. mensonge officieux).
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Example sentences
These officious, self-important twerps can do whatever they want, alas.
He did not respond to the officious stranger and the brief encounter ended cordially.
What they mind is being abused by officious unhelpful staff.
The market will reward the good and punish the bad, and officious intermeddling by regulators has no place.
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