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 Her little Belgian detective had been a bit obnoxious from the very beginning. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ Review: The Mind and the Mustache," 16 Apr. 2021 On the way, Kevin is obnoxious to the Black cab driver. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, "This Is Us recap: Randall and Kevin finally hash things out," 14 Apr. 2021 There was a Twin Cities scribe who was a touch obnoxious in passing along the opinion that Richard Pitino was hired mostly based on a surname by Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague in April 2013. Star Tribune, "Gophers could fire and rehire Richard Pitino, and sell it a reboot," 12 Feb. 2021 Blasting music, having fun, and being a little obnoxious are all part of the fun. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "How the music of Generation provides a window into its Gen Z characters," 5 Apr. 2021 For those who watched the 1995 NFL Draft, the conclusion was that Rosenhaus was rich, obnoxious, and likely both. John Tamny, Forbes, "If China Is As Bad As Its Critics Say, Then We Have Nothing To Fear," 4 Apr. 2021 However, the printer, which produces only about 60 decibels when in action, isn’t so obnoxious to listen to. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The HP Tango Printer Has the Best Compact Design for Your Home Office," 3 Mar. 2021 No doubt, as evidenced by obnoxious spring break revelers or even the crowding of local restaurants, many are ready to falsely pretend it’s all systems go. Los Angeles Times, "‘New Pokémon Snap’ may be just the game for this late-pandemic moment," 24 Mar. 2021 And while Nissan's commitment to CVTs may or may not waiver, in this application the engine makes enough power at low revs that there's no need for the CVT to rev the engine and hold it at an obnoxious rpm during typical modest acceleration. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Infiniti QX55 Takes Shape," 23 Mar. 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 7 May. 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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