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

obtrude

play
verb ob·trude \əb-ˈtrüd, äb-\

Simple Definition of obtrude

  • : to become involved with something or to become noticeable in an unpleasant or annoying way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obtrude

obtrudedobtruding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to thrust out :  extrude

  3. 2 :  to force or impose (as oneself or one's ideas) without warrant or request

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become unduly prominent or interfering :  intrude

obtruder noun

Examples of obtrude in a sentence

  1. The historical details in the movie do not obtrude—they enhance the story by making it more realistic.

  2. <please stop obtruding in your brother's affairs>



Origin of obtrude

Latin obtrudere to thrust at, from ob- in the way + trudere to thrust — more at ob-, threat


First Known Use: circa 1609



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the Celtic May Day festival

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry prompt maudlin oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ