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Origin of pushy

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; push + -y1
Related formspush·i·ly, adverbpush·i·ness, noun

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Historical Examples of pushiness

  • Thus we are left with spatio-temporal positions, and what I may term the ‘pushiness’ of the body.

    The Concept of Nature

    Alfred North Whitehead

British Dictionary definitions for pushiness


adjective pushier or pushiest informal
  1. offensively assertive or forceful
  2. aggressively or ruthlessly ambitious
Derived Formspushily, adverbpushiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pushiness



"forward, aggressive," 1894 of persons (1891 of a cow), from push (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pushily; pushiness.

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