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[uh b-trood] /əbˈtrud/
verb (used with object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, especially without warrant or invitation:
to obtrude one's opinions upon others.
to thrust forth; push out.
verb (used without object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust forward, especially unduly; intrude.
Origin of obtrude
1545-55; < Latin obtrūdere to thrust against, equivalent to ob- ob- + trūdere to thrust
Related forms
obtruder, noun
preobtrude, verb (used with object), preobtruded, preobtruding.
unobtruded, adjective
unobtruding, adjective
1. impose, force. 3. shove, push. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for obtrude
Historical Examples
  • Now, with Wilson as he was, was no time to obtrude his own story.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Style should not obtrude between a writer and his reader; it should be servant, not master.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.

  • She would not have dared to obtrude into the negotiations which seemed at hand.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • He will not obtrude his views on others, but speak his mind freely when occasion calls for it.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • But still—a new thought had begun to obtrude itself unwelcomely.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "I had really no intention to obtrude my curiosity so far," said Dunn, apologizing.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • I have no right to obtrude upon you with these, but I think you will pity me.

  • Then came the thought—and how strange that such a thought should obtrude at such a time!

    Tales Of The Trains Charles James Lever
  • I give you my word that I will not obtrude upon you in any way.

British Dictionary definitions for obtrude


to push (oneself, one's opinions, etc) on others in an unwelcome way
(transitive) to push out or forward
Derived Forms
obtruder, noun
obtrusion (əbˈtruːʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obtrūdere, from ob- against + trūdere to push forward
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Word Origin and History for obtrude

1550s, from Latin obtrudere "to thrust into, press upon," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Related: Obtruded; obtruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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