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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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Historical Examples

  • Winkleman puffed out his chest and protruded his great beard.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He protruded from his pocket the butt of a pistol—newly purchased.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was fully five feet long and protruded a foot out above his bed.

    The Harbor of Doubt

    Frank Williams

  • His waistcoat was low, and from it protruded the front of a fluted shirt.

  • From the side of his face there protruded a terrible moustache.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

British Dictionary definitions for protruded


  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

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



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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protruded in Medicine


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