Meaning of officious in English:


Pronunciation /əˈfɪʃəs/

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  • 1Assertive of authority in a domineering way, especially with regard to trivial matters.

    ‘the security people were very officious’
    • ‘Hospitals could be pointlessly officious on such matters as visiting rights for parents.’
    • ‘Two social workers arrived at my place of work two weeks later and in a very high handed and officious manner insisted on ‘interviewing’ me in front of my staff.’
    • ‘Though stiff-necked and officious, the commanders aren't demonized nor singled out for blame.’
    • ‘His officious and arrogant attitude towards players has also, remarkably, gone unpunished.’
    • ‘I was stopped at the University gates by an officious guard who asked me for my faculty card.’
    • ‘Almost all desirable buildings in New York are co-ops, run by officious, and sometimes vicious, board members who place stringent criteria on new members.’
    • ‘They all seemed impatient and officious and preoccupied.’
    • ‘And if you throw into the mix Southport's officious stewards then the ugly was very much on display as an end of season clash became spicier than anyone could have thought.’
    • ‘The hotel manager in Gansu is officious, just like the clean, well-appointed government facility she oversees.’
    • ‘A polite but officious clerk explained he could not board the aircraft as he was a ‘high-level security risk’.’
    • ‘The problems are that it easily becomes a weapon in the hands of the officious, ignorant and punitive supervisor.’
    • ‘Overly officious, he issued an amazing 10 yellow cards and one red, in what wasn't a dirty game.’
    • ‘An officious camp guard, armed with a stout pole for the purposes of crowd control, herds them roughly away.’
    • ‘Rangers were right to be upset by how the officious referee handled the match.’
    • ‘The worst were the overly officious customs officials who are no advert for American hospitality.’
    • ‘An officious man forced me to wait by the door as another patron was seated.’
    • ‘Our underlying concern is that we could get one or two officious people policing it.’
    peremptory, high-handed, commanding, imperial, overbearing, overweening, domineering, authoritarian, dictatorial, authoritative, lordly, officious, assertive, dominating, bullish, forceful, bossy, arrogant
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    1. 1.1Intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering.
      ‘an officious bystander’
      • ‘I believe that if an officious bystander in 1984 had suggested that, all parties would have denied that that was the case.’
      • ‘And it would be essential if, but only if, the material that was being filmed was material of a kind that the inevitable officious bystander would say should not be filmed without consent.’
      • ‘If the officious bystander had asked them whether they had intended to leave out the conditions this time, both must, as honest men, have said, ‘of course not’.’
      • ‘Had an officious bystander raised the possibility, can one doubt that George would have ridiculed it?’
      • ‘I have little doubt that they would have said so to an officious bystander.’
      • ‘Should you find yourself getting a wee bit officious in your personal communications, remember the wise advice of Confucious: Be nice, go far.’
      • ‘Ralph was eager to talk to Alex about something important, but he was interrupted by Edward who was busy being officious.’
      • ‘These officious intermeddlers from Hollywood have no regard for baseball or its rich history of patriotism, and they have no business being at the Hall of Fame.’
      • ‘You're strolling absent-mindedly down Coney Street, glancing idly at the displays in shop windows, when an officious little man in a yellow reflective jacket pops out of nowhere and accosts you.’
      • ‘It is, however, often imprudent and officious to try and fix the problems and arbitrate the quarrels of strangers.’
      self-important, bumptious, self-assertive, overbearing, overzealous, dictatorial, bossy, domineering, interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling, importunate, forward, opinionated
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Late 15th century from Latin officiosus ‘obliging’, from officium (see office). The original sense was ‘performing its function, efficacious’, whence ‘ready to help or please’ (mid 16th century), later becoming depreciatory (late 16th century).