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adjective ob·tru·sive \-ˈtrü-siv, -ziv\

: tending to bother people by appearing where you are not welcome or invited

: noticeable in an unpleasant or annoying way

Full Definition of OBTRUSIVE

a :  forward in manner or conduct <obtrusive behavior>
b :  undesirably prominent
:  thrust out :  protruding <a sharp obtrusive edge>
ob·tru·sive·ly adverb
ob·tru·sive·ness noun

Examples of OBTRUSIVE

  1. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.
  2. We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.

First Known Use of OBTRUSIVE


Synonym Discussion of OBTRUSIVE

impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusive mean given to thrusting oneself into the affairs of others. impertinent implies exceeding the bounds of propriety in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice <resented their impertinent interference>. officious implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying <officious friends made the job harder>. meddlesome stresses an annoying and usually prying interference in others' affairs <a meddlesome landlord>. intrusive implies a tactless or otherwise objectionable thrusting into others' affairs <tried to be helpful without being intrusive>. obtrusive stresses improper or offensive conspicuousness of interfering actions <expressed an obtrusive concern for his safety>.


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