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

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.
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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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