Talk:officious

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New sense?[edit]

I believe this term has come to describe a person who takes their office, especially a minor office, very seriously.--Jrm1959 11:14, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

You might well be right. I have heard it used this way and thought it had that sense. We would welcome any citations of examples of this usage, on this page, on my talk page, or another appropriate place. DCDuring TALK 19:51, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
This is from the OED. No copying and pasting, but can someone paraphrase? - 3. Unduly forward in offering one's services, or in taking business upon oneself; doing, or prone to do, more than is asked or required; interfering, intrusive. In later use esp.: inclined to assert authority in a self-important or pompous way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters. (Now the usual sense.) 217.30.115.14 12:28, 23 April 2008 (UTC)