Officious meaning

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The definition of officious is offering unwanted advice or services, often in an overbearing way.

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.

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Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.

An officious host; officious attention.

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Informal; unofficial.
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Motivated by the desire to help others.
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Ready to serve; obliging.
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Offering unnecessary and unwanted advice or services; meddlesome, esp. in a highhanded or overbearing way.
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In diplomacy, unofficial or informal.
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Offensively intrusive or interfering in offering advice and services.
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Origin of officious

  • Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful from officium duty office

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 16th Century, from Latin officiōsus (“kindly"), from officium (“service").

    From Wiktionary