Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[proh-troo-siv, pruh-] /proʊˈtru sɪv, prə-/
projecting or protuberant; thrusting forward, upward, or outward.
Archaic. pushing forward; having propulsive force.
Origin of protrusive
1670-80; < Latin prōtrūs(us) (past participle of prōtrūdere to protrude) + -ive
Related forms
protrusively, adjective
protrusiveness, noun
nonprotrusive, adjective
nonprotrusively, adverb
nonprotrusiveness, noun
unprotrusive, adjective
unprotrusively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for protrusive
Historical Examples
  • If they are not mere lumps, their ornament is hideously heavy and protrusive.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • Likewise did they scream with protrusive energy: 'Give us back our lost Trades!'

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • But the evolution of a free hand made it possible to dispense with protrusive lips and gripping teeth.

  • Unlike some of the other lizards, the Horned Toads are not provided with a protrusive tongue.

  • A true English heart breathes, calm and strong, through the whole business; not boisterous, protrusive; all the better for that.

    Heroes and Hero Worship Thomas Carlyle
  • The protrusive jaw was thrust up under E. Van Tenner's retiring nose.

    The Beggar's Purse Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A serviceable pith helmet barely overhung the protrusive goggles.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for protrusive


tending to project or jut outwards
a less common word for obtrusive
(archaic) causing propulsion
Derived Forms
protrusively, adverb
protrusiveness, 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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for protrusive

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for protrusive

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for protrusive