officious

Definitions

  • The railway official
    The railway official
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj officious intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner "an interfering old woman","bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself","busy about other people's business"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
    • Officious Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. "Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries Officious .""They were tolerably well bred, very officious , humane, and hospitable."
    • Officious Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome. "You are too officious In her behalf that scorns your services."
    • Officious Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. "If there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than an officious and venial one."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony
    • officious Doing or ready to do kind offices; attentive; courteous and obliging; hence, friendly, in a general sense.
    • officious Having a bearing on or connection with official duties, but not formally official.
    • officious Forward in tendering services; zealous in interposing uninvited in the affairs of others; meddling; obtrusive.
    • officious Synonyms Impertinent, Officious (see impertinent); Active, Busy. etc. (see active); meddlesome, obtrusive, interfering, intermeddling, pragmatical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official state mammal of Texas is the armadillo
    • adj Officious of-fish′us too forward in offering services: overkind: intermeddling
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Quotations

  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
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    “We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.”
  • George Jean Nathan
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    “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.”
  • George Jean Nathan
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    “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. officiosus,: cf. F. officieux,. See Office
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. officiosusofficium.

Usage

In literature:

Already Dutch law had been restored, and Dutch put on the same footing as English as the official language of the country.
"The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Had he the right to disarrange anything in the condition of the corpse before the official investigation?
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
His inaugural address foreshadowed his official course in characteristic manner.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
An official, called the Inspector, is supposed to report such stealings, after which another official is to prosecute.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
This last was his most powerful objection, and was the only one he urged officially.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
He is very obliging and officious.
"The Inspector-General" by Nicolay Gogol
Lord Elphinstone, who had been in the Navy early in life, officiated as coxswain.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
Aides, Officials, Pages, etc.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
Septimus as officiating clergyman.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
The loss of the enemy, as officially reported, was 642 men, killed, wounded and missing.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
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In poetry:

I'm dead.
Officially I'm dead. Their hope is past.
How long I stood as missing! Now, at last
I'm dead.
"The Faceless Man" by Robert W Service
Caesar's double-bed is warm
As an unimportant clerk
Writes I DO NOT LIKE MY WORK
On a pink official form.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
In rosy youth, he cast away
Official cap and carriage.
Now, a white-haired elder, he reclines
Amid pines and cloud.
"For Meng Hao-Jan" by Li Po
'Forgive the fond, officious zeal
Of one that loves his lord!
The new possessor of your field
A suppliant I implored.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Though none respectable are here,
And trim officials ban,
Our duty, Jack, is not with them,
But here with Hope and Man.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd
First Courtier.
Perish the slave,
Who, with officious counsel, would oppose
The king's desire, whose slightest wish is law!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

State wildlife officials and environmental officials will be at the hatchery for a 11:45 am celebration featuring agency displays and a tour of the facility.
Bin Laden hide-out : Material from WikiLeaks suggests mid-ranking Pakistani Army officials may have known about the Osama bin Laden hide-out in Pakistan, but official US statements do not back that up.
State and local officials packed into a building at the former Ames Shovel Factory Friday morning for an official groundbreaking ceremony.
JOPLIN — Joplin city officials officially received a $45.3 million federal grant to help the city recover from the destruction of the May 22, 2011 tornado.
Spring Branch school officials have fired a middle school teacher after an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student, district officials said on Wednesday.
Rx Response officials remain in daily contact with senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services, providing updates on Hurricane Sandy's impact on the medicine supply chain.
Kim Guadagno, in her capacity as the state's chief election official, issued a directive to county clerks and local election officials with orders to ease voting restrictions.
Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL.
We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.
NORTON — Norton High School officials have decided to move forward with a new stadium project, and now those officials are in the process of finding out how to make that new stadium fit the needs of the community.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A new, more radical insurgent group has begun a campaign aimed at terrorizing both Afghan officials and moderate insurgents , according to Afghan officials.
Officials intercept Mexican smuggling boat near Dana Point boat, officials, coast, patrol, guard, border, maritime, people, mexican, dana.
Iran 's official IRNA news agency said Thursday the seven-member team — headed by Herman Nackaerts, a deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency — would meet with Iranian nuclear officials.
Officials with Easter Seals officially opened the new Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy Friday.
David Parry , the former supervisor of Big Ten football officials, is the national coordinator of College Football Officiating (CFO).
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In science:

Its official expression goes via explicit listing of the names of the people with whom the main stream of discussion that have been going on.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
In fact, it has been determined that by late 2007 the nation was already officially in recession.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
American journal of medical genetics Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics 150B: 271–281.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
Our entry in the official TDT evaluation, called CIDR [Radev et al., 1999], uses modified TF*IDF to produce clusters of news articles on the same event.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
Table 1), all extracted by CIDR. Four of the clusters are from Usenet newsgroups. The remaining two clusters are from the official TDT corpus2.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
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