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[uh b-troo-siv] /əbˈtru sɪv/
having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.
(of a thing) obtruding itself:
an obtrusive error.
protruding; projecting.
Origin of obtrusive
1660-70; < Latin obtrūs(us) (see obtrusion) + -ive
Related forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
hyperobtrusive, adjective
hyperobtrusively, adverb
hyperobtrusiveness, noun
preobtrusive, adjective
1. interfering, meddlesome, officious, presumptuous. 2. blatant. Unabridged
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  • But today's technology has made hearing aids much less obtrusive and much more helpful.
  • The apple flavor is less obtrusive and the natural pectin will thicken the syrup a little quicker.
  • It is also not as obtrusive as the cheaper data card model that plugs into laptops for heavy-duty data users.
  • So obtrusive did they become that they almost prevented the guests from alighting from their carriages.
  • But with the turntable and additional pieces of scenery, it's not too obtrusive.
  • Subtle tone coloration is musical without being obtrusive.
  • In a group setting, he steers the conversation without being obtrusive.
  • We're now subject to obtrusive piped-in music and periodic visits by clipboard-bearing suits.
  • The program was marred by insistent clicks from several cameras and the obtrusive glare of flashbulbs.
  • His first task was to get rid of the obtrusive island hogging the majority of the room's floor space.
British Dictionary definitions for obtrusive


obtruding or tending to obtrude
sticking out; protruding; noticeable
Derived Forms
obtrusively, adverb
obtrusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obtrusive

1660s, from Latin obtrus-, past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude) + -ive. Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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