Officious: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: /əˈfɪʃəs/ Origin: 1555–65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful, equivalent to offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous Meaning: disapproving: used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted or needed. Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging. Sentences: He’s an officious little man and widely disliked in the company. They wouldn’t welcome any officious interference from … More Word of the Week: Officious
Tepid: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: /ˈtɛpɪd/ Origin: late Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere ‘be warm’. Meaning: (especially of a liquid) not hot and not cold; lukewarm. showing little enthusiasm; not energetic or excited. Sentences: I’m drinking a cup of tepid water. Mary gave a tepid performance. Synonyms: halfhearted, mild, warm, dull, unenthusiastic, cool, disinterested, indifferent, lifeless, moderate.