from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.
- adjective Informal; unofficial.
- adjective Archaic Motivated by the desire to help others.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty.
- adjective Archaic Disposed to serve; kind; obliging.
- adjective Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
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- adjective obsolete
obliging, attentive, eager to please
Offensively intrusiveor interfering
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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A simplistic way of looking at this would be to adopt a kind of officious bystander test who is stood alongside the states making the treaties.
There is a kind of officious attentiveness which is really the expression of a species of vanity.
At one time, however, "officious" negotiations were kept up between the Holy See and the Italian Government through the agency of Monsignor Carini, Prefect of the Vatican Library and a great friend of Crispi.
Incomparably clever is the satire on the benevolent societies which exist to furnish a kind of officious sense of virtue to their aristocratic members.
All, therefore, that happened amiss, in the course even of domestic affairs, was attributed to the government; and as it always happens in this kind of officious universal interference, what began in odious power ended always, I may say without an exception, in contemptible imbecility.
The Sheriff made a joke over the similarity of the words 'officious' and 'official' to which there was some laughter, at which point one of the court officials sternly rebuked those present with a shout of "Silence in court!"
Ilicak was recently convicted in both a compensation case and a criminal trial for her article titled, "The immunity of the president", in which she described Osman Kacmaz, the presiding judge of the 1st High Criminal Court of Sincan (Ankara), as "officious".
"officious" lie for some useful purpose, and a "mischievous" lie in order to injure someone.
"officious" action, and how subtle are the changes which can be rung upon the two, but there was nothing of that description here.
"officious" by the French journals, and it remains to be seen in which of the two senses attaching to the word the Americans will interpret the interference -- "officious" implying, according to their own Noah