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 Chrome now automatically blocks ads on sites with particularly obnoxious advertising practices. Wired, "The Brave Browser Extends Its Payouts to iOS," 13 Nov. 2019 The other day, one of the obnoxious little incandescent light bulbs in my bathroom went out. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Incandescent Light Bulbs Stink (and Other Hard Truths)," 24 Oct. 2019 For the most part, the family has learned to find these happenings amusing, or, at worst, lightly obnoxious. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Gripping Class Horror of Parasite," 10 Oct. 2019 Brill sours the flavor of both scenes as a gossipy female office worker and as an obnoxious male cruiser. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Raunchy fun in South Coast Repertory’s ‘Canadians’," 8 Oct. 2019 This has been a way for Mexican people to react to Trump over the last few years, and all his obnoxious, insulting, hateful rhetoric. Los Angeles Times, "In El Paso’s wake, a corrido honors the dead and points fingers at the villains," 10 Aug. 2019 What these criminals did was obnoxious, and the result of a bad upbringing. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Getting back on the road is tough after thieves ruin gas tank," 3 Nov. 2019 Kusama worked with music supervisor Randall Poster to find the perfect pop song to become the fictional band’s recurring (and at times purposely obnoxious) musical staple. Mackenzie Nichols, chicagotribune.com, "‘Jennifer’s Body’ turns 10: Megan Fox, Diablo Cody reflect on making the cult classic," 11 Sep. 2019 But the remarks fueled outside opinions of Mayfield, who has been labeled bratty, obnoxious, childish. Washington Post, "Leading man: QB Baker Mayfield brings hope, hype to Browns," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Obnoxious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obnoxiously. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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obnoxious

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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

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obnoxiously adverb

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