Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

obnoxious

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

Simple Definition of obnoxious

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

Full Definition of obnoxious

  1. 1 archaic :  exposed to something unpleasant or harmful —used with to

  2. 2 archaic :  deserving of censure

  3. 3 :  odiously or disgustingly objectionable :  highly offensive

ob·nox·ious·ly adverb
ob·nox·ious·ness noun

Examples of obnoxious

  1. 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

  2. “Not to sound obnoxious, but this downturn could be good for us,” says Max Levchin, founder and CEO of Slide, in San Francisco. “Some of our competitors are going to go out of business.” —Daniel Lyons, Newsweek, 20 Oct. 2008

  3. Now that many large cities are surrounded by Stygian fields of concrete tedium, urban sprawl looks like an obnoxious side effect of prosperity and decline. —Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, 2007

  4. The teller's eyes widened as a customer poured thousands of pennies onto the counter, an intentionally obnoxious way to pay a high heating bill. —Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 26 June 2006

  5. He said some really obnoxious things about his ex-girlfriend at the party.

  6. Some teenagers were being loud and obnoxious.



Origin of obnoxious

Latin obnoxius, from ob in the way of, exposed to + noxa harm — more at noxious


First Known Use: 1597



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up obnoxious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ