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Definition of "officious" []

  • Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention. (adjective)
  • Informal; unofficial. (adjective)
  • Archaic Eager to render services or help others. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "officious" in a sentence
  • "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."