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
- The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.
- We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.
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Related to OBTRUSIVE
- busy, interfering, intruding, meddlesome, meddling, nosy (or nosey), intrusive, officious, presuming, presumptuous, protrusive, prying, pushing, pushy, snoopy
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