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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Officious \Of*fi"cious\, a. [L. officiosus: cf. F. officieux.
1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
If there were any lie in the case, it could be no
more than an officious and venial one. --Note on
2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]
Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries
They were tolerably well bred, very officious,
humane, and hospitable. --Burke.
3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in
affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
You are too officious
In her behalf that scorns your services. --Shak.
Syn: Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent.
[1913 Webster] -- Of*fi"cious*ly, adv. --
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: 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" [syn: interfering,
meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "officious":
aggressive, bold, busy, busybody, demanding, dictatorial, forward,
impertinent, importunate, inquisitive, insistent, interfering,
intruding, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, obtrusive,
persistent, presumptuous, prying, pushing, pushy, self-appointed,
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