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Meaning of OFFICIOUS

Pronunciation:  u'fishus

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

OFFICIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: busy, busybodied, interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Of*fi"cious\, a. [L. officiosus: cf.F. officieux. See
1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]

         If there were any lie in the case, it could be no
         more than as officious and venial one. --Note on
                                               Gen. xxvii.

2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]

         Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries
         Officious.                            --Milton.

         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}. --
     {Of*fi"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Of*fi"cious*ness}, n.

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