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[poo sh-ee] /ˈpʊʃ i/
adjective, pushier, pushiest. Informal.
obnoxiously forward or self-assertive.
Origin of pushy
1935-40, Americanism; push + -y1
Related forms
pushily, adverb
pushiness, noun
brazen, brash, cheeky. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pushy


adjective (informal) pushier, pushiest
offensively assertive or forceful
aggressively or ruthlessly ambitious
Derived Forms
pushily, adverb
pushiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pushy

"forward, aggressive," 1894 of persons (1891 of a cow), from push (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pushily; pushiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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