His likely successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, is cold, plodding, and officious.
Catton never shows, she tells, wagging on in the most officious way.
Busy, officious dowagers repeated to Mrs. Scudder the applauding whispers that followed her wherever she went.
officious kindness, which often soothes the agonies of death, was denied her.
How is it possible, continued the officious old man, that any thing relating to two dogs can give your majesty trouble?
(searching about with officious haste) If it's above ground, I'll find it.
He was further told not to make himself too officious, and not to be too active in the case.
She was even pleased with their officious and friendly-seeming demeanour.
I suppose if I did, I shouldn't have any officious policeman to reckon with.
I could have kicked Bayliss for his officious explanation of kinship.
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.