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.
This officious protection was at once an insult and a snare.
How is it possible, continued the officious old man, that any thing relating to two dogs can give your majesty trouble?
I should be very glad to, if you will not think me officious to say so.
He was further told not to make himself too officious, and not to be too active in the case.
The cry for Señor Goodwin was taken up by a dozen officious voices.
I suppose if I did, I shouldn't have any officious policeman to reckon with.
Especially did she complain that Mr. Hounsditch had been officious since I was heard from.
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.