Officious

Of*fi"cious

(?), a. [L. officiosus: cf. F. officieux. See Office.] 1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
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If there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than an officious and venial one.
Note on Gen. xxvii. (Douay version).
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2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]
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Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries
Officious.
Milton.
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They were tolerably well bred, very officious, humane, and hospitable.
Burke.
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3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
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You are too officious
In her behalf that scorns your services.
Shak.
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Syn. -- Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent.
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-- Of*fi"cious*ly, adv. -- Of*fi"cious*ness, n.
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