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adjective, push·i·er, push·i·est. Informal.
  1. obnoxiously forward or self-assertive.
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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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presumptuous, brash, obnoxious, ambitious, assertive, bold, bumptious, forceful, loud, militant, obtrusive, officious, pushing, self-assertive, pushful

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


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

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