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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.

  • Style should not obtrude between a writer and his reader; it should be servant, not master.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • You admit that not to obtrude self is the way to perfect yourself.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.

  • Are you going to obtrude your somewhat massive personality upon the scene?

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • She would not have dared to obtrude into the negotiations which seemed at hand.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Now, with Wilson as he was, was no time to obtrude his own story.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But still—a new thought had begun to obtrude itself unwelcomely.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • 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.
  • "I had really no intention to obtrude my curiosity so far," said Dunn, apologizing.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
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
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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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