April 04, 2012
- officious (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : volunteering one's services where they are not asked for or needed
- How do you use it?
- Most organizations usually have one or two officious members who try to take over the running of every event.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "officious"?"Officious" implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying (as in "officious friends making the job harder"), while "intrusive" suggests a tactless or offensive pushing into the affairs of others ("trying to be helpful without being intrusive"). "Impertinent," another synonym, implies going beyond what is proper in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice ("resents their impertinent interference"), and "obtrusive" stresses interference that attracts too much attention ("expressing an obtrusive concern for his safety").