in·​tru·​sive | \ in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of intrusive

1a : characterized by intrusion
b : intruding where one is not welcome or invited
2a : projecting inward an intrusive arm of the sea
b(1) of a rock : having been forced while in a plastic state into cavities or between layers
(2) : plutonic
3 : having nothing that corresponds to a sound or letter in orthography or etymon intrusive \t\ in \ˈmints\ for mince

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from intrusive

intrusive noun
intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for intrusive

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

Examples of intrusive in a Sentence

a loud and intrusive person She tried to be helpful without being intrusive. Intrusive reporters disturbed their privacy.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Chris JacksonGetty Images This morning, reported in several outlets, Prince Harry won damages and an apology from Splash News for taking intrusive helicopter photos of their private Oxfordshire home. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Forced to Move Out of Oxfordshire Home," 16 May 2019 How to keep that advantage while making the airplane less intrusive? David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Using Physics To Build a Quieter Airplane Toilet," 5 Apr. 2019 However, the pilot is so intrusive, ill-conceived and likely to harm the equities markets, there was no choice. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Big Three Stock Exchanges Sue SEC Over Trading-Fee Plan," 15 Feb. 2019 In the least intrusive way possible: by creating a virtual net around the reserve, a point-to-multi-point router network and using the Internet of Things to track people rather than wildlife. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 In front of rolling cameras, the two got to bond over an incident involving a badly behaved, very intrusive umbrella—which, of course, turned into 2019's first great meme. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Got Hit in the Face by an Umbrella on Live TV, and Obviously It Became a Meme," 1 Jan. 2019 According to Cosmopolitan, Bieber was furious when an intrusive member of the paparazzi started asking him personal questions about his fiancée this week. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Can’t Stop Making Out in Public," 22 July 2018 The 2015 accord also subjects Iran to the most intrusive monitoring and verification regime ever negotiated. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "Trump's Reckless Violation of the Iran Deal Jeopardizes U.S. National Security," 9 May 2018 The results are both intrusive and sometimes inaccurate. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "London show explores hidden world of facial recognition," 4 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intrusive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of intrusive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about intrusive

Statistics for intrusive

Last Updated

28 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for intrusive

The first known use of intrusive was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for intrusive



English Language Learners Definition of intrusive

: annoying someone by interfering with their privacy : intruding where you are not wanted or welcome


in·​tru·​sive | \ in-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce intrusive (audio) \

Legal Definition of intrusive

: characterized by intrusion

Other Words from intrusive

intrusively adverb
intrusiveness noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on intrusive

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


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!