Definition of obnoxious
1 archaic : exposed to something unpleasant or harmful —used with to
2 archaic : deserving of censure
3 : odiously or disgustingly objectionable : highly offensive
Examples of obnoxious in a Sentence
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
“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
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
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
He said some really obnoxious things about his ex-girlfriend at the party.
Some teenagers were being loud and obnoxious.
Recent Examples of obnoxious from the Web
The audience is smart but also engaged and excited and fun without being obnoxious.
This ale is bright and clean, with fruity and herbal layers that are obvious without being obnoxious.
How in the world is this loud, obnoxious player/coach going to talk about his beautiful daughter who was just killed in a fight?
And the fact that A-Rod’s sneakers are mostly blue with a flash of red is a not-too-obnoxious nod to the holiday.
Many people think Cardinal fans are arrogant and obnoxious.
One’s #BestLife is incomplete without enjoying some kind of unicorn churro in the middle of an obnoxious outdoor concert.
But to make matters worse, Nickelback is in full-on promotion mode for the band's new album, which surely makes the multiple newsletters even more wonderfully obnoxious.
Director Brian Fee and a team of seven screenwriters (including himself) attempt to intensify the rooting interest by making Lightning's young rival arrogant and obnoxious.
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The Lost Meaning of obnoxious
Obnoxious in its oldest sense means “exposed to something unpleasant or harmful.” This meaning is etymologically accurate: obnoxious is derived ultimately from the Latin ob- “exposed to” and noxa “harm.” It has been entirely superseded, however, by the sense “extremely offensive.” Though this sense is by no means new, having been first recorded more than 300 years ago, some commentators in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were displeased about its ascendancy over the etymological meaning. Ambrose Bierce, the author of the satirical Devil’s Dictionary, wrote in his 1909 book Write It Right: “Obnoxious means exposed to evil. A soldier in battle is obnoxious to danger.” Despite these admonitions, obnoxious is nowadays widely used to describe bothersome, rather than perilous, things, and no one questions its correctness.
OBNOXIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obnoxious for English Language Learners
: unpleasant in a way that makes people feel offended, annoyed, or disgusted
OBNOXIOUS Defined for Kids
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