ob·​tru·​sive | \ əb-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce obtrusive (audio) , -ziv, äb- \

Definition of obtrusive

1a : forward in manner or conduct obtrusive behavior The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.
b : undesirably prominent obtrusive TV commercials
2 : thrust out : protruding a sharp obtrusive edge

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Other Words from obtrusive

obtrusively adverb
obtrusiveness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for obtrusive

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 obtrusive in a Sentence

The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive. We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.
Recent Examples on the Web The cries of the new electronic line-calling system suddenly felt unnecessarily loud and obtrusive. Justin Bergman, Star Tribune, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 The cries of the new electronic line-calling system suddenly felt unnecessarily loud and obtrusive. Justin Bergman, ajc, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 The small and svelte piece of hardware should fit in well on most any desktop or nightstand without being obtrusive. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, "The best accessories and MagSafe gear for your new iPhone 12," 29 Dec. 2020 An obtrusive light baffle installed by Ove Arup 20 years ago has now been swept away by the ingenious lighting system of George Sexton Associates. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "Rothko in a New Light," 9 Dec. 2020 Does the arch of the shoe feel supportive, or obtrusive? Leta Shy, SELF, "What to Look for When Buying Sneakers," 15 Sep. 2020 Smart hunters typically sit in the least obtrusive places (feeding areas) early in the season, get increasingly aggressive (travel corridors and bedding areas) as the rut nears and peaks, and then back off again for the late season. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Hunting Deer from a Treestand," 11 Sep. 2020 And the latter are growing less obtrusive, with temperature guns being replaced by artificial intelligence scanners that only require you to step in front of them for a moment. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Singapore's COVID-19 Response Has Been a Model for Others," 8 Sep. 2020 In addition to the vertical edible garden, a breezy, less obtrusive collection of drought-tolerant grasses and succulents took the place of the overgrown tropical plants that once hid the house. Miranda Crowell, Better Homes & Gardens, "Meet Our 2020 America's Best Front Yard Contest Winner," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of obtrusive

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Obtrusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obtrusive. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obtrusive

: tending to bother people by appearing where you are not welcome or invited
: noticeable in an unpleasant or annoying way

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