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Related to officiously: typically, truculently


1. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
2. Informal; unofficial.
3. Archaic Motivated by the desire to help others.

[Latin officiōsus, obliging, dutiful, from officium, duty; see office.]

of·fi′cious·ly adv.
of·fi′cious·ness n.
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Adv.1.officiously - in an officious manner; "nothing so fatal as to strive too officiously for an abstract quality like beauty"
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[əˈfɪʃəslɪ] ADVoficiosamente


[əˈfɪʃəsli] adv (= bossily) → d'une manière autoritaire


[əˈfɪʃəslɪ] advcon invadenza


(əˈfiʃəli) adverb
1. (negative unofficially) as an official. He attended the ceremony officially.
2. formally. The new library was officially opened yesterday.
3. according to what is announced publicly (though not necessarily true in fact). Officially he is on holiday – actually he is working on a new book.
officiate (əˈfiʃieit) verb
to do the duty or service of an office or official position. The new clergyman officiated at the wedding.
officious (əˈfiʃəs) adjective
offering help etc in order to interfere. His mother-in-law is so officious that he does not let her visit his house.
ofˈficiously adverb
ofˈficiousness noun
ˈoffice-bearer noun
a person who holds a position of authority in a society etc.
through the (kind) offices of
with the help of. I got the job through the kind offices of a friend.
References in classic literature ?
He had officiously carried up the dinner, being, as he said, very desirous to see his young lady; he made therefore no scruple of keeping his master standing above ten minutes, while civilities were passing between him and Sophia, for which he received only a good-humoured rebuke at the door when he returned.
It is - let - me - see,' he continued, slowly, as he deposited his ponderous bulk in the arm-chair that Rose officiously brought towards him; 'it is just - six-weeks - by my reckoning, since you darkened - my - door
Before her removing from Norland, Elinor had painted a very pretty pair of screens for her sister-in-law, which being now just mounted and brought home, ornamented her present drawing room; and these screens, catching the eye of John Dashwood on his following the other gentlemen into the room, were officiously handed by him to Colonel Brandon for his admiration.
I slipped it on the little finger of my left hand, and, begging Rosalind to remain where she was meanwhile, and to take no steps without consulting me, I mysteriously, not to say officiously, departed.
In this exercise I once met an accident, which had like to have cost me my life; for, one of the pages having put my boat into the trough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiously lifted me up, to place me in the boat: but I happened to slip through her fingers, and should infallibly have fallen down forty feet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the world, I had not been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the good gentlewoman's stomacher; the head of the pin passing between my shirt and the waistband of my breeches, and thus I was held by the middle in the air, till Glumdalclitch ran to my relief.
He had been sent into the county of which Templeton was the capital, and had been kindly invited by Marmaduke, and officiously pressed by Richard, to take up his abode in the village.
She told him that she came, though a stranger, with a single design of doing him a service and he should find she had no other end in it; that as she came purely on so friendly an account, she begged promise from him, that if he did not accept what she should officiously propose he would not take it ill that she meddled with what was not her business.
He has some nonsense that he calls his prayers, sir,' returned old John, officiously.
Many of the men sprang forward, officiously, to offer their services, either from the hope of the reward, or from that cringing subserviency which is one of the most baleful effects of slavery.
His people, too, thronged around them, and were officiously attentive after the Crow fashion.
Poyser (too officiously, Tom thought) interfered to prevent the exaction of the penalty.
But Sir Mulberry Hawk was not to be so easily repulsed, for he advanced with extended hand; and Mrs Nickleby officiously informing Kate of this circumstance, she was obliged to extend her own.