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obtrusive

[uh b-troo-siv]
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adjective
  1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.
  2. (of a thing) obtruding itself: an obtrusive error.
  3. protruding; projecting.

Origin of obtrusive

1660–70; < Latin obtrūs(us) (see obtrusion) + -ive
Related formsob·tru·sive·ly, adverbob·tru·sive·ness, nounhy·per·ob·tru·sive, adjectivehy·per·ob·tru·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·ob·tru·sive·ness, nounpre·ob·tru·sive, adjective

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1. interfering, meddlesome, officious, presumptuous. 2. blatant.
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for obtrusive

obtrusive

adjective
  1. obtruding or tending to obtrude
  2. sticking out; protruding; noticeable
Derived Formsobtrusively, adverbobtrusiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for obtrusive

adj.

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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