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[in-trood] /ɪnˈtrud/
verb (used with object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.
Geology. to thrust or force into.
to install (a cleric) in a church contrary to the wishes of its members.
verb (used without object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust oneself without permission or welcome:
to intrude upon their privacy.
Origin of intrude
1525-35; < Latin intrūdere to push in, equivalent to in- in-2 + trūdere to push
Related forms
intruder, noun
intrudingly, adverb
self-intruder, noun
unintruded, adjective
unintruding, adjective
unintrudingly, adverb
4. interfere, interlope. See trespass. Unabridged
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  • The intruder took his gun and accoutrements and without a word walked away up the mountain through the timber land.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • But this intruder has been thought, and talked about, by us more than he is worth.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The whole lining membrane of that much-abused organ rebels against such an intruder, and tries to eject him.

  • The room was empty, and the only cupboard which might have concealed an intruder was wide open.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The female watched alertly as the intruder approached, and attempted to bite it if it came too near or touched an egg.

British Dictionary definitions for intruder


a person who enters a building, grounds, etc, without permission


often foll by into, on, or upon. to put forward or interpose (oneself, one's views, something) abruptly or without invitation
(geology) to force or thrust (rock material, esp molten magma) or (of rock material) to be thrust between solid rocks
Derived Forms
intrudingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in-² + trūdere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for intruder

1530s, agent noun from intrude. Originally legal.



early 15c., back-formation from intrusion, or else from Latin intrudere "to thrust in" (see intrusion). Related: Intruded; intruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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