[ uhb-troo-siv ]
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  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.

  1. protruding; projecting.

Origin of obtrusive

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

Other words for obtrusive

Other words from obtrusive

  • 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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How to use obtrusive in a sentence

  • 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.

    Julian Home | Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • 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.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • Yet the accent was frankly Northern, and the diction free from any obtrusive elegance or trace of pedantry.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • This obtrusive jog was certainly very ugly; and it was impossible to conceive of any reason for it.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice | Helen Hunt Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for obtrusive


/ (əbˈtruːsɪv) /

  1. obtruding or tending to obtrude

  2. sticking out; protruding; noticeable

Derived forms of obtrusive

  • obtrusively, adverb
  • obtrusiveness, noun

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