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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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Examples from the Web for obtrusive
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  • Have you ever, on returning home from a round of calls, discovered upon your coat a large, obtrusive spot?

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • There was control over it, but the control was not obtrusive.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He scorned the obtrusive learning of the transcendentalists and he disliked their hard talkative women.

  • There is firstly that obtrusive militarism from which we cannot for a moment escape.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The fresco of the 'Magi' is less notable in detail, and in general effect is more spoiled by obtrusive blues.

  • He could not breathe until the abbe had freed him from his obtrusive society.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • No parade of her unworthiness; no solemn aspects, nor obtrusive writings of bitter things against herself.

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • Just a cottage or two to remind one that there is a population, but not obtrusive.

  • Eugene nodded sadly, and Bob went off into a fit of obtrusive chuckling.

    Father Stafford Anthony Hope
  • In many prayers self is obtrusive and aggressive from end to end.

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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