From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Officious \Of*fi"cious\, a. [L. officiosus: cf. F. officieux.
   See Office.]
   1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
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            If there were any lie in the case, it could be no
            more than an officious and venial one. --Note on
                                                  Gen. xxvii.
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   2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]
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            Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries
            Officious.                            --Milton.
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            They were tolerably well bred, very officious,
            humane, and hospitable.               --Burke.
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   3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in
      affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
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            You are too officious
            In her behalf that scorns your services. --Shak.
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   Syn: Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent.
        [1913 Webster] -- Of*fi"cious*ly, adv. --
        Of*fi"cious*ness, n.
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