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[uh b-troo-siv] /əbˈtru sɪv/
having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.
(of a thing) obtruding itself:
an obtrusive error.
protruding; projecting.
Origin of obtrusive
1660-70; < Latin obtrūs(us) (see obtrusion) + -ive
Related forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
hyperobtrusive, adjective
hyperobtrusively, adverb
hyperobtrusiveness, noun
preobtrusive, adjective
1. interfering, meddlesome, officious, presumptuous. 2. blatant. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for obtrusive
Historical Examples
  • There was control over it, but the control was not obtrusive.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There is firstly that obtrusive militarism from which we cannot for a moment escape.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • "Not obvious, not obtrusive, but retired," he seemed to shun observation.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • They were in their way quite as splendid and obtrusive as Madame Corinne was in hers.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • There was none of the obtrusive selfishness of an ordinary horse in his ways.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It mattered not that her presence there showed her to be vulgar, impertinent, and obtrusive.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was not obtrusive, but was content to keep at heel, and to be permitted to admire.

    Schwartz: A History David Christie Murray
  • He could not breathe until the abbe had freed him from his obtrusive society.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • But it is not the noisy, clamorous, obtrusive life of the city.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Just a cottage or two to remind one that there is a population, but not obtrusive.

British Dictionary definitions for obtrusive


obtruding or tending to obtrude
sticking out; protruding; noticeable
Derived Forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for obtrusive

1660s, from Latin obtrus-, past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude) + -ive. Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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