obtrusive (adj.) 1660s, from L. obtrus-, pp. stem of obtrudere (see OBTRUDE (Cf. obtrude)) + -IVE (Cf. -ive). Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

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  • Obtrusive — Ob*tru sive, a. Disposed to obtrude; inclined to intrude or thrust one s self or one s opinions upon others, or to enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive. {Ob*tru sive*ly}, adv. {Ob*tru sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Not obvious, not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obtrusive — I adjective aggressive, assuming, bold, brash, brazen, encroaching, forward, impertinent, insolent, interfering, interrupting, interruptive, intruding, intrusive, invasive, malapert, meddlesome, meddling, officious, presuming, presumptuous,… …   Law dictionary

  • obtrusive — intrusive, meddlesome, *impertinent, officious Analogous words: inquisitive, *curious, prying, snoopy, nosy: blatant, strident (see VOCIFEROUS) Antonyms: unobtrusive: shy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obtrusive — [adj] pushy, obvious bulging, busy, forward, impertinent, importunate, interfering, intrusive, jutting, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, noticeable, officious, presumptuous, projecting, prominent, protruding, protuberant, prying, sticking out;… …   New thesaurus

  • obtrusive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way. DERIVATIVES obtrusively adverb obtrusiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • obtrusive — [əb tro͞o′siv, äbtro͞o′siv] adj. [< L obtrusus, pp. of obtrudere + IVE] 1. inclined to obtrude 2. obtruding itself; esp., calling attention to itself in a displeasing way obtrusively adv. obtrusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • obtrusive — /əbˈtrusɪv / (say uhb troohsiv), / zɪv/ (say ziv) adjective 1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude: a military presence that is not obtrusive. 2. (of a thing) obtruding itself: an obtrusive piece of furniture. 3. projecting: *the windows… …  

  • obtrusive — [[t]ɒbtru͟ːsɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone or something is obtrusive, you think they are noticeable in an unpleasant way. You are rude and obtrusive, Mr Galbraith, said Tommy... These heaters are less obtrusive and are easy to store… …   English dictionary

  • obtrusive — adjective Date: 1667 1. a. forward in manner or conduct < obtrusive behavior > b. undesirably prominent 2. thrust out ; protruding < a sharp obtrusive edge > Synonyms: see impertinent • obtrusively …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obtrusive — adjective a) Sticking out; protruding. The facade of the building was ornamented with obtrusive sculpted designs. b) Noticeable; prominent, especially in a displeasing way. He has an obtrusive forehead. Syn: bulging, jutting, impertinent …   Wiktionary

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