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Definition intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what's best for everyone.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • He rushes from office to office making an officious nuisance of himself.
  • 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
  • officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • officious = annoyingly eager in offering service, advice, or opinions
  • 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
  • officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • "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
  • VOLT: A strange, officious, Troublesome knave! thou dost torment me.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • 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
  • FATHER-JACQUES: We'll make officers, officials, and officious people.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • 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
  • I got chewed out by Lieutenant Warren for being stupidly officious but he opened his safe and let me check his registered publications.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • A lieutenant stood up and, with solemn officiousness, warned the men to behave themselves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • His horn-rimmed glasses helped make him seem officious and condescending.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • One hates to be officious, to be giving bad impressions, making mischief.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • But it was perhaps a mere fancy of Bob's too officious brain.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The officious creature did not bother introducing himself, but led Max swiftly down the hall to the empty waiting room.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Lenehan in yachtsman's cap and white shoes officiously detaches a long hair from Blazes Boylan's coat shoulder.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The woman softened, looked at her slightly less officiously.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • She glanced toward the corner where Peabody stood, looking her officious best in full uniform.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • When the barracks went dark at night, he prowled the campus, contemptuous of the electric flash and the muttered apologies of the officious shave-tails.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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