Definition of officious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈfɪʃəs//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈfɪʃəs//
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too ready to tell people what to do or to use the power you have to give orders synonym self-important a nasty officious little man Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin officiosus ‘obliging’, from officium ‘performance of a task’ (in medieval Latin also ‘office, divine service’), based on opus ‘work’ + facere ‘do’. The original sense was ‘performing its function, effective’, which led to the meaning ‘ready to help or please’ (mid 16th cent.), which later became pejorative (late 16th cent.).
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