What does the word officious mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Officiously.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Intermeddling with what is not one's concern.

Usage examples for officious

  1. 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 by Elisabeth von Arnim
  2. 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 by Edward F. Elwin