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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fish-uh s]
    • /əˈfɪʃ əs/
    • /əˈfɪʃ.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fish-uh s]
    • /əˈfɪʃ əs/

Definitions of officiously word

  • adjective officiously objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome: an officious person. 1
  • adjective officiously marked by or proceeding from such forwardness: officious interference. 1
  • adjective officiously Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging. 1
  • noun officiously In an officious manner. 1

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Origin of officiously

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
1555-65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful, equivalent to offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous

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Parts of speech for Officiously


officiously popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for officiously

adverb officiously

  • inquisitively — given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
  • self-important — having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty.
  • autocratically — In an autocratic manner.
  • domineeringly — In a domineering manner.
  • bureaucratically — of, relating to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine.

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