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[uh b-trood] /əbˈtrud/
verb (used with object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, especially without warrant or invitation:
to obtrude one's opinions upon others.
to thrust forth; push out.
verb (used without object), obtruded, obtruding.
to thrust forward, especially unduly; intrude.
Origin of obtrude
1545-55; < Latin obtrūdere to thrust against, equivalent to ob- ob- + trūdere to thrust
Related forms
obtruder, noun
preobtrude, verb (used with object), preobtruded, preobtruding.
unobtruded, adjective
unobtruding, adjective
1. impose, force. 3. shove, push. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for obtrude
Historical Examples
  • All's plain in history and fact, so long as we do not obtrude sentimentalism.

  • They, too, were obstinate in their belief that women should not obtrude into business affairs.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • You admit that not to obtrude self is the way to perfect yourself.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • Be their servant, as in His presence; obtrude yourself as little as you possibly can.

    To My Younger Brethren Handley C. G. Moule
  • Are you going to obtrude your somewhat massive personality upon the scene?

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • Is there any place desirable for living purposes in which the railway does not obtrude?

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • Now, with Wilson as he was, was no time to obtrude his own story.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • You did, and I should be sorry to obtrude myself on any one, whether you choose it or not.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • She knew what honesty was, and liked it--when it did not obtrude its clumsy scruples in the way of her will and interest.

    The Worlds Greatest Books Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • Style should not obtrude between a writer and his reader; it should be servant, not master.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for obtrude


to push (oneself, one's opinions, etc) on others in an unwelcome way
(transitive) to push out or forward
Derived Forms
obtruder, noun
obtrusion (əbˈtruːʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obtrūdere, from ob- against + trūdere to push forward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for obtrude

1550s, from Latin obtrudere "to thrust into, press upon," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Related: Obtruded; obtruding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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