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[in-trood] /ɪnˈtrud/
verb (used with object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome.
Geology. to thrust or force into.
to install (a cleric) in a church contrary to the wishes of its members.
verb (used without object), intruded, intruding.
to thrust oneself without permission or welcome:
to intrude upon their privacy.
Origin of intrude
1525-35; < Latin intrūdere to push in, equivalent to in- in-2 + trūdere to push
Related forms
intruder, noun
intrudingly, adverb
self-intruder, noun
unintruded, adjective
unintruding, adjective
unintrudingly, adverb
4. interfere, interlope. See trespass. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intruder
  • Extreme care must be taken not to let them catch a glimpse of the intruder, for it is then hopeless to attempt approaching them.
  • The owner, upset about an intruder in his home, also called the emergency line to report the burglary.
  • The indictment suggested that the dog would have barked at an unknown intruder.
  • It is primarily designed to enable an intruder to hijack online bank accounts.
  • If you act as if the noise is caused by an intruder you will be better prepared to protect your family if there is an intruder.
  • The turtle lifts its head to take a look at this intruder, then lowers it back into the sea.
  • When the burros spotted me, all six froze, staring up at the two-legged intruder.
  • Without hesitation, she challenged me, an intruder more than three times her height.
  • Soon several more robots arrived to form a perimeter around the pink intruder.
  • The rat opened the door for a live intruder to get on the network, escalate user privileges, and begin exfiltrating data.
British Dictionary definitions for intruder


a person who enters a building, grounds, etc, without permission


often foll by into, on, or upon. to put forward or interpose (oneself, one's views, something) abruptly or without invitation
(geology) to force or thrust (rock material, esp molten magma) or (of rock material) to be thrust between solid rocks
Derived Forms
intrudingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intrūdere to thrust in, from in-² + trūdere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for intruder

1530s, agent noun from intrude. Originally legal.



early 15c., back-formation from intrusion, or else from Latin intrudere "to thrust in" (see intrusion). Related: Intruded; intruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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