verb (used with object), ob·trud·ed, ob·trud·ing.

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), ob·trud·ed, ob·trud·ing.

to thrust forward, especially unduly; intrude.

Origin of obtrude

1545–55; < Latin obtrūdere to thrust against, equivalent to ob- ob- + trūdere to thrust
Related formsob·trud·er, nounpre·ob·trude, verb (used with object), pre·ob·trud·ed, pre·ob·trud·ing.un·ob·trud·ed, adjectiveun·ob·trud·ing, adjective

Synonyms for obtrude

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Related Words for obtrude

infringe, intrude, impose, interfere

Examples from the Web for obtrude

Historical Examples of obtrude

  • Now, with Wilson as he was, was no time to obtrude his own story.


    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.


    Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for obtrude



to push (oneself, one's opinions, etc) on others in an unwelcome way
(tr) to push out or forward
Derived Formsobtruder, nounobtrusion (əbˈtruːʒən), noun

Word Origin for obtrude

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.

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