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  • adv. in an officious manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dutifully; with proper service.
  • Kindly; with solicitous care.
  • In a forward or obtrusive manner; with importunate forwardness; meddlingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an officious manner


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  • What I did not love -- and in fact really, really hated -- was being penned in by cops onto narrow sidewalks and into really crowded spaces by New York's finest -- who seemed to enjoy strolling back and forth officiously in the wide empty streets greeting each other as though is was old home week.

    Warren Goldstein: Occupy Wall Street Highs -- Penned in Lows

  • No, I simply whipped out the copies of everything, all of which were stamped, officiously, by the person who took all the originals from me some five weeks early.

    FM 3 Renwal

  • “Mrs. Gwyn, that will be five shillings for tardiness,” Mr. Booth called out officiously.

    Exit the Actress

  • “When you are ready, please,” called Hart officiously.

    Exit the Actress

  • “John,” began Dryden officiously, “you will be able to arbitrate this matter.”

    Exit the Actress

  • The first cartoon in this week's New Yorker is vintage Cullum: a confident-looking dog in coat-and-tie, sitting officiously behind a desk, is telling a man of like size, eye and snout: "I do corporate, divorce, and malpractice, but I'm most familiar with leash laws."

    This week in The New Yorker: LEO CULLUM's final cartoon

  • Wait for it: When it's everybody against the Germans over money-printing, the Germans will not merely cave but bustle officiously to the front of the parade for money-printing.

    Memo to Europe: Forget the War

  • (When they do make a kill, they solemnly apologize to the victims: "All energy is borrowed and one day you have to give it back," Neytiri rather officiously informs the avatar-Jake when he makes his first kill.)

    'Avatar's' Debt To 'The Wizard Of Oz'

  • Behind them were the mules, and then in a cluster, each with a load of some sort on his head, were the thirty prisoners, and Ismail took charge of them officiously.

    In The Time Of Light

  • I called her about a story I was doing for a magazine, but when I mispronounced Proenza Schouler, the high end brand co-designed by two former students of the Parsons School of Design, she snapped at me officiously: "If you don't know how to say it properly, you shouldn't be asking me about them."

    Gioia Diliberto: Secretary of Fashion


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  • "Tonight's special is Chilean seabass", said Tom officiously.

    December 12, 2007