obtrusive

[uhb-troo-siv]

adjective

having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.
(of a thing) obtruding itself: an obtrusive error.
protruding; projecting.

Origin of obtrusive

1660–70; < Latin obtrūs(us) (see obtrusion) + -ive
Related formsob·tru·sive·ly, adverbob·tru·sive·ness, nounhy·per·ob·tru·sive, adjectivehy·per·ob·tru·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·ob·tru·sive·ness, nounpre·ob·tru·sive, adjective

Synonyms for obtrusive

1. interfering, meddlesome, officious, presumptuous. 2. blatant.
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Examples from the Web for obtrusively

Historical Examples of obtrusively

  • The men wore the very best and cleanest clothing, and the women were obtrusively stylish.

  • It would probably be a firm or a man not obtrusively English.

    The Double Four

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • He was deeply but not obtrusively religious, and no human being ever heard a low or profane word from his lips.

    Twelve Naval Captains

    Molly Elliot Seawell

  • Obtrusively red, it fumbled renewed sweat beads across each man's brow like an eager dresser's haste with an awkward button.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • Though he never was obtrusively reticent, yet he contrived never to refer to his own private affairs.



British Dictionary definitions for obtrusively

obtrusive

adjective

obtruding or tending to obtrude
sticking out; protruding; noticeable
Derived Formsobtrusively, adverbobtrusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obtrusively

obtrusive

adj.

1660s, from Latin obtrus-, past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude) + -ive. Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper