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[proh-trood, pruh-]
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verb (used without object), pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing.
  1. to project.
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verb (used with object), pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing.
  1. to thrust forward; cause to project.
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Origin of protrude

1610–20; < Latin prōtrūdere to thrust forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + trūdere to thrust
Related formspro·trud·ent, adjectivepro·tru·si·ble [proh-troo-suh-buhl, -zuh-, pruh-] /proʊˈtru sə bəl, -zə-, prə-/, pro·trud·a·ble, adjectivenon·pro·trud·ing, adjectiveun·pro·trud·ed, adjectiveun·pro·trud·ent, adjectiveun·pro·trud·ing, adjectiveun·pro·tru·si·ble, adjective

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Related Words for protrude

bulge, poke, distend, extrude, extend, point, pout, swell, pop, project, start, jut, obtrude, pouch, overhang, beetle

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Historical Examples of protrude

  • She had no flesh left; her bones seemed to protrude through the skin.


    Emile Zola

  • The ribs had been cut across, and some portion of the heart or lung seemed to protrude.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • He could protrude a feline set of claws from his velvet glove.

  • Anak's tongue began to protrude from his mouth and his eyes swelled.

    B. C. 30,000

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • Hernia—Rupture which permits a part of the bowels to protrude.

British Dictionary definitions for protrude


  1. to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
  2. to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface
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Derived Formsprotrudable, adjectiveprotrudent, adjective

Word Origin for protrude

C17: from Latin, from pro- ² + trudere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for protrude


1610s, "to thrust forward or onward, to drive along;" 1640s, "to cause to stick out," from Latin protrudere "thrust forward; push out," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Intransitive meaning "jut out, bulge forth" recorded from 1620s. Related: Protruded; protruding.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

protrude in Medicine


  1. To push or thrust outward.
  2. To jut out; project.
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