Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Intermeddling with what is not one's concern.

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Usage examples "officious":

  1. The supercilious stranger no sooner felt the touch than he started back, and whispered to his officious companion,- " What! - "Paul Clifford, Volume 3.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. They had tea punctually at half- past four up in Vera's sitting- room, but without, this time, a fire- Wemyss had rectified Lizzie's tendency to be officious- and after tea he took her out again to show her how his electricity was made, while the gardener who saw to the machinery, and the boy who saw to the gardener, stood by in attendance. - "Vera", Elisabeth von Arnim.
  3. When I have sometimes warned servants, who were rather officious in their attentions, that having no money I should not be able to give them anything at the conclusion of my visit, there has generally been a perceptible falling off in their activity. - "India and the Indians", Edward F. Elwin.