Definitions for officiousəˈfɪʃ əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•fi•ciousəˈfɪʃ əs(adj.)

  1. objectionably aggressive in offering unrequested and unwanted help or advice; meddlesome.

  2. marked by or proceeding from such forwardness.

  3. Obs. ready to serve; obliging.

Origin of officious:

1555–65; < L officiōsus obliging, dutiful =offici(um)office+-ōsus -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodied(adj)

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"


  1. officious(Adjective)

    obliging, attentive, eager to please

  2. officious(Adjective)

    Offensively intrusive or interfering

  3. Origin: 16th Century, from officiosus, from officium.

Translations for officious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


offering help etc in order to interfere

His mother-in-law is so officious that he does not let her visit his house.

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