[uh-fish-uh s] /əˈfɪʃ əs/
objectionably aggressive in offering one’s unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome:
an officious person.
marked by or proceeding from such forwardness:
Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging.
unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services
marked by such readiness
(diplomacy) informal or unofficial
(obsolete) attentive or obliging
1560s, “zealous, eager to serve,” from Latin officiosus “full of courtesy, dutiful, obliging,” from officium “duty, service” (see office). Sense of “meddlesome, doing more than is asked or required” had emerged by 1600 (in officiously). An officious lie (1570s) is one told to do good to another person (from Latin mendocium officiosum or French mensonge officieux). Related: Officiousness.
noun, Law. 1. a will by which the testator gives his or her property to the natural objects of such bounty, as the family.
[aw-fing, of-ing] /ˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ/ noun 1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground. 2. a position at a distance from shore. Idioms 3. in the offing, [awf, of] /ɔf, ɒf/ adverb 1. so as to be no longer supported or attached: This button is about […]
[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/ adjective, Informal. 1. aloof; unapproachable; standoffish. /ˈɒfɪʃ/ adjective 1. (informal) aloof or distant in manner
[awf-ahy-luh nd, of-] /ˈɔfˈaɪ lənd, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. located or tending away from the shore of an island: an off-island current. adverb 2. away from the shore of an island: The ship sank about two miles off-island.