from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
- adj. Informal; unofficial.
- adj. Archaic Eager to render services or help others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. obliging, attentive, eager to please
- adj. Offensively intrusive or interfering
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty.
- adj. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging.
- adj. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Doing or ready to do kind offices; attentive; courteous and obliging; hence, friendly, in a general sense.
- Having a bearing on or connection with official duties, but not formally official.
- Forward in tendering services; zealous in interposing uninvited in the affairs of others; meddling; obtrusive.
- Synonyms Impertinent, Officious (see impertinent); Active, Busy. etc. (see active); meddlesome, obtrusive, interfering, intermeddling, pragmatical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
Latin officiōsus, obliging, dutiful, from officium, duty; see office.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
16th Century, from Latin officiōsus ("kindly"), from officium ("service"). (Wiktionary)