OTHER WORDS FROM pushypush·i·ly, adverbpush·i·ness, noun
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What does pushy mean?
Pushy is used to describe a person who is considered too aggressive, forceful, or assertive.
People described as pushy are typically those who try to get others to do what they want or agree with them by demanding or just continuing to ask. In other words, a pushy person is someone who pushes other people to do things. A salesperson who follows you around and pressures you to buy can be called pushy. A friend who insists on getting their way can be called pushy.
Pushy is always used in a negative way. Calling someone pushy implies that their behavior annoys or offends you due to being overly aggressive.
The adverb form of pushy is pushily, as in The trainer very pushily insisted that I upgrade to the platinum gym membership.
Much less commonly, pushy can be used in situations that involve literal pushing or shoving, as in If you stand in the front row at the concert, be careful—things tend to get a bit pushy.
Example: My roommate is so pushy—she never even lets me decide where to order from when we get takeout.
Where does pushy come from?
The first records of the word pushy come from the late 1930s from the U.S. It’s based on the sense of the verb push that means “to press or urge someone to take some action or pursue a certain course.” The suffix –y is used to form adjectives and means “characterized by or inclined to.”
A pushy person tries to push their opinions or ideas on other people or tries to push them into doing something they may not want to do (if the person really wanted to do it, they probably wouldn’t need to be pushed). Describing someone as pushy means that you think their pushing is excessive. In contrast, if their aggressiveness is seen as appropriate, they might be described with a more positive word, like assertive.
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What are some other forms related to pushy?
- pushily (adverb)
- pushiness (noun)
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How is pushy used in real life?
Pushy is always used negatively. It is perhaps most commonly applied to overly aggressive salespeople.
People are more likely to buy from a friend. Don't try to sell a product or be pushy. Make a friend first and the sale will come.
— Tai Lopez (@tailopez) November 29, 2016
I'm not being too pushy, am I? … WELL, AM I? … ANSWER! #pushypeople
— Paul Hyde (@PaulHyde7) October 6, 2016
Yes. We would like some pita bread. Don’t be pushy, Lacey. pic.twitter.com/qDrJFc08gn
— Zelda the Dachshund (@ZeldaDachshund) November 28, 2020
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How to use pushy in a sentence
Be present, not pushy, and see whether you and the mom can find you a loving, respectful place in your granddaughter’s life.Carolyn Hax: Her son isn’t there for his child, but she can still be a good grandma|Carolyn Hax|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
This is yet another example of Google getting “pushy” — just look at the Discover feed.The expansion of People Also Ask in the search results|Jason Barnard|December 14, 2020|Search Engine Land
Publishers have gotten a lot pushier about marketing their news subscriptions lately.‘More is more’: News publishers dial up the marketing heat on their subscription products|Max Willens|November 12, 2020|Digiday
At this point I became pushy with the collaboration … because LUNA could measure this reaction exactly.Physicists Pin Down Nuclear Reaction From Moments After the Big Bang|Thomas Lewton|November 11, 2020|Quanta Magazine
For instance, there’s a scene where a pushy Lorenz takes a mouth swab from Mia, who hasn’t exactly consented.Stream or Skip? A Synthetic Biologist’s Review of ‘Biohackers’ on Netflix|Elsa Sotiriadis|September 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
He made his motion picture debut as the pushy campaign worker in Taxi Driver.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career|Paul Slansky|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In any case, Burgess likes to rail against these pushy liberals and their tricky, communistic light bulbs.The GOP’s Relentless Crusade to Save America From Commie Light Bulbs|Michael Tomasky|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fleet Street commentary at the time described him as the “pushy Yank” who became a celebrity out of sheer force of personality.America’s Power Brothers: Ezekiel Emanuel on the Famous Three|Lloyd Grove|April 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Coaches also have to deal with pushy parents and demanding superiors.
Pushy, combative behavior used to be embraced in professional basketball.