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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.officiousness - aggressiveness as evidenced by intrudingofficiousness - aggressiveness as evidenced by intruding; by advancing yourself or your ideas without invitation
aggressiveness - the quality of being bold and enterprising


[əˈfɪʃəsnɪs] Noficiosidad f


n(Dienst)beflissenheit f, → Übereifer m


[əˈfɪʃəsnɪs] ninvadenza


(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 ?
His ease and cheerfulness rendered him a most agreeable addition to their evening party; and he bore with the ill-judged officiousness of the mother, and heard all her silly remarks with a forbearance and command of countenance particularly grateful to the daughter.
Wickson exercised tremendous social power in the university town, and from them emanated the sentiment that I was a too-forward and self-assertive young woman with a mischievous penchant for officiousness and interference in other persons' affairs.
Hargrave asked if I felt cold, and shut the door - a very unseasonable piece of officiousness, for I had meditated following the noisy playfellows if they did not speedily return.
Sam and Andy ran and shouted,--dogs barked here and there,--and Mike, Mose, Mandy, Fanny, and all the smaller specimens on the place, both male and female, raced, clapped hands, whooped, and shouted, with outrageous officiousness and untiring zeal.
Grief is such a leveller, with its own dignity and its own humility, that the noble and the peasant, the beggar and the monarch, will waive their pretensions to external rank without the officiousness of interference on our part.
The craze of an old woman--the fussy officiousness of a blundering elderly Englishman.
Hence the court should affirm Cilek's admirably prickly resistance to Minnesota's officiousness.
The officiousness of the fellow is also nigger-like.
McIntosh told a colleague that the British don't want Arnold Smith because he is too much of a crusader and they fear his bustling officiousness.
Thus, the student who doubled as the Page became obsessed with understanding and explaining his behavior; (23) she kept analyzing his sudden officiousness and his apparent coolness at his master's death, and came to the conclusion that the reason for it was actually equal parts callowness and callousness: it simply does not occur to the Page that all these toffs (Paris, Romeo, Juliet, and their families), rich and enviable, pampered and clueless, are real people who could feel sorrow and pain.
Foreigners are not being penalised for not being Cypriot as Cypriots experience the same delays, the same poor customer service and the same officiousness.
Imagine India holding back a few years old child from his Pakistani parents on utterly frivolous officiousness.