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Word of the Day
Thursday, December 19, 2002

Definitions for officious

  1. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.

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Citations for officious
Ian Holm plays a well-meaning but officious lawyer who tries to make the grieving families sue for damages. John Simon, National Review
The guy was an officious twerp, but Luke and Pete were vagrants, and a railroad employee had the right to throw them out. Ken Follett, Code to Zero
Origin of officious
Officious comes from Latin officiosus, obliging, dutiful, from officium, dutiful action, sense of duty, official employment, from opus, a work, labor + -ficere, combining form of facere, to do, to make. It is related to official, of or pertaining to an office or public trust.