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.
to thrust forward, especially unduly; intrude.
- ob·trud·er, noun
- pre·ob·trude, verb (used with object), pre·ob·trud·ed, pre·ob·trud·ing.
- un·ob·trud·ed, adjective
- un·ob·trud·ing, adjective
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How to use obtrude in a sentence
But the same boat carried Walter Fetherston, who took infinite care not to obtrude himself upon their attention.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
At last, she asked Mr. Balfour if she could have the liberty to obtrude a matter of business upon him.Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
Having fixed his residence near her for some lengthy time he felt in no hurry to obtrude his presence just now, and went indoors.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
Her own were very neat and small, and she knew that they must obtrude themselves on the eye while she lay prone.Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
I came to wait upon my Father—to humble myself at his feet—not to obtrude myself upon my Mother!Camilla | Fanny Burney
British Dictionary definitions for obtrude
to push (oneself, one's opinions, etc) on others in an unwelcome way
(tr) to push out or forward
- obtruder, noun
- obtrusion (əbˈtruːʒən), noun
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