View synonyms for obtrusive


[ uhb-troo-siv ]


  1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.

    Synonyms: presumptuous, officious, meddlesome

  2. (of a thing) obtruding itself:

    an obtrusive error.

    Synonyms: blatant

  3. protruding; projecting.


/ əbˈtruːsɪv /


  1. obtruding or tending to obtrude
  2. sticking out; protruding; noticeable

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Derived Forms

  • obˈtrusiveness, noun
  • obˈtrusively, adverb
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Other Words From

  • ob·trusive·ly adverb
  • ob·trusive·ness noun
  • hyper·ob·trusive adjective
  • hyper·ob·trusive·ly adverb
  • hyper·ob·trusive·ness noun
  • preob·trusive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of obtrusive1

1660–70; < Latin obtrūs ( us ) ( obtrusion ) + -ive
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Example Sentences

First, though, they will have to get much more accurate and far less obtrusive.

Power and durability may be at the top of your list if you have a solid wood garage door, or you may have a house design that requires a less obtrusive wall-mounted garage door opener.

The solution requires only a single control cable and removes obtrusive on-chip microwave control circuitry.

The Future of AdvertisingAdvertisers especially like TikTok because unlike with platforms such as Twitter, the ads are less obtrusive — with users often not even noticing they are watching ad content.

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The heating modules of the best heated socks will add a bit of volume, but they don’t have to be obtrusive.

The pitch: “Enjoy surfing the web without obtrusive ads cluttering your screen!”

I will not say that he never showed himself dogmatic and ill-informed, but he was no longer obtrusive and uncharitable.

In the east this was so common an act of hospitality, that the question did not appear strange, or the request obtrusive.

The breezy geniality of their shipboard acquaintance did not strike Harry as officious or obtrusive now.

Yet the accent was frankly Northern, and the diction free from any obtrusive elegance or trace of pedantry.

This obtrusive jog was certainly very ugly; and it was impossible to conceive of any reason for it.