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



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



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

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