[ proh-troo-siv, pruh- ]
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  1. projecting or protuberant; thrusting forward, upward, or outward.

  1. Archaic. pushing forward; having propulsive force.

Origin of protrusive

1670–80; <Latin prōtrūs(us) (past participle of prōtrūdere to protrude) + -ive

Other words from protrusive

  • pro·tru·sive·ly, adjective
  • pro·tru·sive·ness, noun
  • non·pro·tru·sive, adjective
  • non·pro·tru·sive·ly, adverb
  • non·pro·tru·sive·ness, noun
  • un·pro·tru·sive, adjective
  • un·pro·tru·sive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby protrusive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use protrusive in a sentence

  • If they are not mere lumps, their ornament is hideously heavy and protrusive.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • The protrusive jaw was thrust up under E. Van Tenner's retiring nose.

    The Beggar's Purse | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A serviceable pith helmet barely overhung the protrusive goggles.

    The Unspeakable Perk | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Likewise did they scream with protrusive energy: 'Give us back our lost Trades!'

    Temporal Power | Marie Corelli
  • His lean throat was erect, his chin protrusive, the set of his shoulders proud and defiant.

    The Carpet from Bagdad | Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for protrusive


/ (prəˈtruːsɪv) /

  1. tending to project or jut outwards

  2. a less common word for obtrusive

  1. archaic causing propulsion

Derived forms of protrusive

  • protrusively, adverb
  • protrusiveness, noun

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