adjective ob·nox·ious \äb-ˈnäk-shəs, əb-\

: unpleasant in a way that makes people feel offended, annoyed, or disgusted

Full Definition of OBNOXIOUS

archaic :  exposed to something unpleasant or harmful —used with to
archaic :  deserving of censure
:  odiously or disgustingly objectionable :  highly offensive
ob·nox·ious·ly adverb
ob·nox·ious·ness noun

Examples of OBNOXIOUS

  1. He said some really obnoxious things about his ex-girlfriend at the party.
  2. Some teenagers were being loud and obnoxious.
  3. Let's get right into it. The title of your book, Why We Suck, is pretty obnoxious. Are we really that bad? —Rachel Deahl, Boston Globe, 30 Nov. 2008


Latin obnoxius, from ob in the way of, exposed to + noxa harm — more at noxious
First Known Use: 1597
OBNOXIOUSNESS Defined for Kids


adjective ob·nox·ious \äb-ˈnäk-shəs, əb-\

Definition of OBNOXIOUS for Kids

:  very disagreeable :  hateful <Judd had heard the obnoxious whine of the motorcycle every day. — Margo Sorenson, Firewatch>
ob·nox·ious·ly adverb


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