Of*fi"cious(?), a. [L. officiosus: cf. F. officieux. See Office.] 1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
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).
2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging.
Yet not to earth are those bright luminariesMilton.
They were tolerably well bred, very officious, humane, and hospitable.Burke.
3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
You are too officiousShak.
In her behalf that scorns your services.
Syn. -- Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent.
adv. -- Of*fi"cious*ness,
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