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  • She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what’s best for everyone.
  • He rushes from office to office making an officious nuisance of himself.
  • There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy—not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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  • ...one of those busybodies who are ever alert, officious, forward, fawning, and complaisant; who watch for strangers in their passage through the capital, tell them the scandalous history of the town, and offer them pleasure at all prices.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • He’s officious and arrogant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • An officious man, Sedgwick now could look Piedmont in the eye and declare he had analyzed the Yamacraw situation firsthand by braving the river brine for an eyewitness visit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And in her officious busy bossiness, so lacking in any quality of the tender as she prattled away (now she was smartly smacking Sophie’s cheeks, saying that the first-aid manual stated that smart smacks might help in reviving a victim of die Synkope, as she persisted, with medical precision, in calling a fainting spell), she seemed an Obersturmbannfuhrer in microdimension, the SS spirit and essence—its true hypostasis—embedded in her very genes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I tried to cover my resentment at being recaptured and my remorse at having hurt him with an air of bullying officiousness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A group of pigeons strutted ahead of me on the wet sidewalk, three abreast, like small officious pedestrians.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • The woman softened, looked at her slightly less officiously.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • A lieutenant stood up and, with solemn officiousness, warned the men to behave themselves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It had struck her as comically officious then, hearing his full name uttered.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Whether she was really an agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy actuated by officiousness, hardly mattered.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • DEMETRIUS You are too officious In her behalf that scorns your services.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ’Next?’ barked Milo’s deputy mayor officiously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He therefore dined very silently, in spite of the officious attention of his host, who presented himself two or three times to inquire if he wanted anything.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Like French and German," added another student, officiously showing off his learning.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I was in the mood for being useful, or at least officious, I think, for I now drew near him again.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Wendy didn’t much care for Ullman or his officious, ostentatiously bustling manner.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Mrs. Mann ushered the beadle into a small parlour with a brick floor; placed a seat for him; and officiously deposited his cocked hat and cane on the table before him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She only perceived that Anne had made a very thorough apology and all resentment vanished from her kindly, if somewhat officious, heart.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Heyward had too recently witnessed a frightful instance of the prompt punishments of the people into whose hands he had fallen to hazard an exposure by any officious boldness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Sam was there new oiled from dinner, with an abundance of zealous and ready officiousness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It sometimes happened that officious busybodies spoke to him of CHAPTER III.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It now proved of great advantage to me that when a boy, I took great delight in standing at a basket-maker’s in the same town where my father lived, to view them at work; and like other boys, curious to see the manner of their working these things and very officious to assist, I perfectly learned the method of it, and wanted nothing but the tools.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Lenehan in yachtsman’s cap and white shoes officiously detaches a long hair from Blazes Boylan’s coat shoulder.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Why, bless your heart alive, my dear, how late you are!" said Mrs. Cratchit, kissing her a dozen times, and taking off her shawl and bonnet for her with officious zeal.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • But their officious inquisitiveness was not gratified.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • If there hadn’t been over-officiousness it wouldn’t have been made, and I hate over-officiousness at all times, whether or no. Good evening!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • She was not even distracted by an officious sacristan who tried to collect a fee for something or other and who, from spite, made her change her place under the pretext of repairing a tile on the floor.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Its effect upon her appears in the immediate resolution it produced: as soon as she found I was really gone from Randalls, she closed with the offer of that officious Mrs. Elton; the whole system of whose treatment of her, by the bye, has ever filled me with indignation and hatred.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • One hates to be officious, to be giving bad impressions, making mischief.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I was heavier at heart when I packed up such of my books and clothes as still remained there to be sent to Dover, than I cared to show to Uriah Heep; who was so officious to help me, that I uncharitably thought him mighty glad that I was going.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • At a desk sat a captain, to whom the officious individual who had stopped the battle spoke at length in Italian, at times pointing at Dick, and letting himself be interrupted by the taxi-men who delivered short bursts of invective and denunciation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But it was perhaps a mere fancy of Bob’s too officious brain.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "The man’s drunk," said I, perhaps officiously; "you’ll do no good."
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Every qualification is raised at times, by the circumstances of the moment, to more than its real value; and she was sometimes worried down by officious condolence to rate good-breeding as more indispensable to comfort than good-nature.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • "Ah, I might have trusted you to find your own way out—don’t overwhelm me with the sense of my officiousness!"
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Even if some unduly officious person insist upon a trial, neighborly comity will probably make his conviction sure, and then the labor due the county can easily be bought by the master.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The invaders in their officious and sensible way had brought prosperity to the city, and it had never stopped growing larger than its boundaries.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • To which Sancho made answer, "Far better would it be not to look for him, for, if we find him, and he happens to be the owner of the money, it is plain I must restore it; it would be better, therefore, that without taking this needless trouble, I should keep possession of it until in some other less meddlesome and officious way the real owner may be discovered; and perhaps that will be when I shall have spent it, and then the king will hold me harmless."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • At that instant she knew that in running away she had merely hidden her doubts behind the officious stir of travel.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • In this exercise I once met an accident, which had like to have cost me my life; for, one of the pages having put my boat into the trough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiously lifted me up, to place me in the boat: but I happened to slip through her fingers, and should infallibly have fallen down forty feet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the world, I had not been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the good gentlewoman’s stomacher; the head of the…
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "I think you ought to go, Will," Braselton said officiously.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Till I find more than will or words to do it, I mean your malice, know, officious lords, I dare and must deny it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • ’Here he is, please sir,’ rejoined twenty officious voices.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Her ringlets, her buckles and bangles, glistened more brightly with each succeeding year, and she remained quite the same officious and imaginative Mrs. Penniman, and the odd mixture of impetuosity and circumspection, that we have hitherto known.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • This revolt, which came very suddenly, and on the last day, so alarmed Mr. Sedley, junior, that he was on the point of giving up the expedition, but Captain Dobbin (who made himself immensely officious in the business, Jos said), rated him and laughed at him soundly: the mustachios were grown in advance, and Jos finally was persuaded to embark.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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