obtrusive

adjective ob·tru·sive \ əb-ˈtrü-siv , -ziv , äb- \

Definition of obtrusive

1 a :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

obtrusively

adverb

obtrusiveness

noun

Examples of obtrusive in a Sentence

  1. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.

  2. We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.

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First Known Use of obtrusive

1667

Synonym Discussion of 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

OBTRUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

obtrusive

adjective

Definition of obtrusive for English Language Learners

  • : tending to bother people by appearing where you are not welcome or invited

  • : noticeable in an unpleasant or annoying way



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