From King Dictionary of Contemporary English officious of‧fi‧cious / əˈfɪʃəs / adjective TELL/ORDER somebody TO DO something too eager to tell people what to do – used to show disapproval an officious traffic warden — officiously adverb — officiousness noun [uncountable ] Examples from the Corpus officious • The people at the tax department were very officious, and kept everyone waiting for hours while they checked their papers. • All those dreary councillors and their officious bureaucrats deserve to be humbled. • an officious guard at the security desk • Firmness, she thought, was the only way to deal with the officious little man. • If he hadn't been an incredibly brainy person he would have been an officious one-eyed council clerk or something. • Why, we wonder, were Darlington police so officious over this? • I got held up by an officious receptionist who wouldn't let me in until I'd answered all her questions. • Back in the car park, I found that an officious traffic warden had decided to make my day. • He felt shamed and humiliated by the officious treatment he received at the hands of the pompous men at Immigration. • Fabio raised it, ironically, but Sergio was already back in the kitchen, doing something officious with the salad dressing.