1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
If there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than an officious and venial one. --Note on Gen. xxvii. (Douay version).
2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]
Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries
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.
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" [syn: interfering, meddlesome, meddling,