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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFICIOUS

Officious kindness, which often soothes the agonies of death, was denied her.

(searching about with officious haste) If it's above ground, I'll find it.

She was even pleased with their officious and friendly-seeming demeanour.

“You are officious and impertinent,” said I, white with ire.

I could have kicked Bayliss for his officious explanation of kinship.

"You are not bound to say anything," said the cobbler in officious excitement.

“To tell you who she is, my dear Mrs. Blower, is very easy,” said the officious Doctor.

This officious protection was at once an insult and a snare.

I should be very glad to, if you will not think me officious to say so.

The cry for Señor Goodwin was taken up by a dozen officious voices.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "zealous, eager to serve," from Latin officiosus "full of courtesy, dutiful, obliging," from officium "duty, service" (see office). Sense of "meddlesome, doing more than is asked or required" had emerged by 1600 (in officiously). An officious lie (1570s) is one told to do good to another person (from Latin mendocium officiosum or French mensonge officieux). Related: Officiousness.

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