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officious

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adjective of·fi·cious \ə-ˈfi-shəs\

Simple Definition of officious

  • —used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted or needed

Full Definition of officious

  1. 1 archaic a :  kind, obliging b :  dutiful

  2. 2 :  volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed :  meddlesome

  3. 3 :  informal, unofficial

of·fi·cious·ly adverb
of·fi·cious·ness noun

Examples of officious

  1. <an officious little man who was always telling everyone else how to do their jobs>



Origin of officious

Latin officiosus, from officium service, office


First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of officious

impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusive mean given to thrusting oneself into the affairs of others. impertinent implies exceeding the bounds of propriety in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice <resented their impertinent interference>. officious implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying <officious friends made the job harder>. meddlesome stresses an annoying and usually prying interference in others' affairs <a meddlesome landlord>. intrusive implies a tactless or otherwise objectionable thrusting into others' affairs <tried to be helpful without being intrusive>. obtrusive stresses improper or offensive conspicuousness of interfering actions <expressed an obtrusive concern for his safety>.


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