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of·fi·cious

 (ə-fĭsh′əs)
adj.
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.

officious

(əˈfɪʃəs)
adj
1. unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services
2. marked by such readiness
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) diplomacy informal or unofficial
4. obsolete attentive or obliging
[C16: from Latin officiōsus kindly, from officium service; see office]
ofˈficiously adv
ofˈficiousness n

of•fi•cious

(əˈfɪʃ əs)

adj.
1. objectionably aggressive in offering unrequested and unwanted help or advice; meddlesome.
2. marked by or proceeding from such forwardness.
3. Obs. ready to serve; obliging.
[1555–65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful =offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous]
of•fi′cious•ly, adv.
of•fi′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.officious - intrusive in a meddling or offensive mannerofficious - intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"
intrusive - tending to intrude (especially upon privacy); "she felt her presence there was intrusive"

officious

officious

adjective
Given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Translations
geskæftig
fontoskodó
afskiptasamur
offisiøsoverivrig
všetečný

officious

[əˈfɪʃəs] ADJoficioso

officious

[əˈfɪʃəs] adj (= bossy) → autoritaire

officious

adj(dienst)beflissen, übereifrig; to be officioussich vor (Dienst)eifer überschlagen

officious

[əˈfɪʃəs] adjinvadente

officially

(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 ?
Kings in ancient times (and at this present in some countries) were wont to put great trust in eunuchs; because they that are envious towards all are more obnoxious and officious, towards one.
The inordinate pride of State importance has suggested to some minds an objection to the principle of a guaranty in the federal government, as involving an officious interference in the domestic concerns of the members.
He returned to Captain Bonneville's camp, somewhat crestfallen, it is true; but parried the officious condolements of his friends by observing that two good horses were very good pay for one bad wife.
Instead of rebuking me with the sweetness and dignity which I could not, in spite of my past observation, help expecting from you, you churlishly repel my offer of the assistance you need, tell me that I am very rude, very officious, and, in short, do what you can to make my position disagreeable and humiliating.
Who was the gentleman you danced with last,' resumed she, after a pause - 'that was so officious in helping you on with your shawl?
Every qualification is raised at times, by the circumstances of the moment, to more than its real value; and she was sometimes worried down by officious condolence to rate good-breeding as more indispensable to comfort than good-nature.
Her manner towards me had been altered ever since I had begun to treat her with hardness and indifference: she almost cringed to me on every occasion; she consulted my countenance incessantly, and beset me with innumerable little officious attentions.
Should any one seem inclined to enlist, there were officious idlers and busybodies, of that class who are ever ready to dissuade others from any enterprise in which they themselves have no concern.
as he confessed to me) to take you away to the Mediterranean, and to keep you abroad, for fear of some officious friends at home betraying him to you as the prisoner of the famous Trial?
Fentolin," he said, "I hope that you will not think that I am officious or in any way abusing your hospitality, but I cannot help suggesting that as Dr.
he said, to a ragged fellow, without any brim to his hat, who was officious in his attentions.
Its effect upon her appears in the immediate resolution it produced: as soon as she found I was really gone from Randalls, she closed with the offer of that officious Mrs.