obnoxious

adjective
ob·​nox·​ious | \ äb-ˈnäk-shəs How to pronounce obnoxious (audio) , əb- \

Definition of obnoxious

1 : odiously or disgustingly objectionable : highly offensive
2 archaic : exposed to something unpleasant or harmful used with to
3 archaic : deserving of censure

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Other Words from obnoxious

obnoxiously adverb
obnoxiousness noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web That wasn’t even his most obnoxious performance in the series. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 An obnoxious personality often drowns out the message. Womensmedia, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Some will pretend to be popular, legitimate apps–or even spoof the name of a feature of the operating system itself–only to inject their own obnoxious ads that would appear out of nowhere, steal your personal information, or download malware. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 23 May 2021 More obnoxious still, the Dodgers did it without staff ace Clayton Kershaw in any of the three games, despite Kershaw’s history of pwning the Giants. Christina Kahrl, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 When the pandemic shuttered workplaces (and bars), employees took to the social media platform to bemoan endless Zoom meetings, mock obnoxious customers and commiserate over burnout. Kristin Stoller, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Adapted from a boastful, semi-apologetic memoir by the renegade stock trader Jordan Belfort, the film oscillates between disgust at its selfish, obnoxious, amoral protagonist and giddy fascination with his exuberant, unabashed greed. New York Times, 13 May 2021 In the meantime, at least obnoxious wine language is dependable for one thing: a good laugh. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2021 But creating an internet service provider isn’t as simple as just throwing up some satellites and sending (arguably) obnoxious radar dishes to your customers. Mike Wehner, BGR, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of obnoxious

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for obnoxious

Latin obnoxius "under obligation, subservient, liable, exposed to, vulnerable" (of uncertain origin) + -ous

Note: Latin obnoxius has traditionally been taken to be a parasynthetic derivative from the phrase ob noxiam "due to wrongdoing, on account of bad behavior" (see noxious), but this explanation does not account for the primary senses of the word. Ernout and Meillet (Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine) take -noxius as a desiderative derivative from the base of nancīscī "to acquire" (see enough entry 1), parallel to anxius "worried"/angere "to strangle, distress" (see anxious), alsius "liable to injury from cold"/algēre "to be cold." The English sense "objectionable" is probably due to influence of noxious and its etymon, Latin noxius.

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“Obnoxious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obnoxious. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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obnoxious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of obnoxious

: unpleasant in a way that makes people feel offended, annoyed, or disgusted

obnoxious

adjective
ob·​nox·​ious | \ äb-ˈnäk-shəs How to pronounce obnoxious (audio) , əb- \

Kids Definition of obnoxious

: very disagreeable : hateful Judd had heard the obnoxious whine of the motorcycle every day.— Margo Sorenson, Firewatch

Other Words from obnoxious

obnoxiously adverb

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