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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Excessively eager in offering unwanted or unneeded advice or help.
2. Acting in pompous or domineering manner, especially in trivial matters.
Earlier, someone officious was dutiful or helpful. Over time, the word acquired a negative sense. From Latin officiosus (dutiful), from officium (service). Earliest documented use: 1487.
“Zimmerman, wearing a banker’s collar and projecting an officious air into the room, continued.”
Sonia Smith; Unfriendly Climate; Texas Monthly (Austin); May 2016.
See more usage examples of officious in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:[Destroying rain forest for economic gain] is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. -E.O. Wilson, biologist, naturalist, and author (b. 10 Jun 1929)