An example of something that would be described as officious behavior is a neighbor who wants to meddle in your life and constantly brings you food and gifts.
- Obs. ready to serve; obliging
- offering unnecessary and unwanted advice or services; meddlesome, esp. in a highhanded or overbearing way
Origin of officiousafter use of Fr officieux in this way by diplomats in diplomacy, unofficial or informal
Origin of officiousClassical Latin officiosus ; from officium, office
- Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
- Informal; unofficial.
- Archaic Motivated by the desire to help others.
Origin of officiousLatin offici&omacron;sus, obliging, dutiful, from officium, duty; see office.
(comparative more officious, superlative most officious)
16th Century, from Latin officiÅsus (“kindly"), from officium (“service").