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
Examples of obtrusive in a Sentence
The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.
We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.
Recent Examples of obtrusive from the Web
Photographer: Jamey Stillings And because solar panels are smaller and less visually obtrusive, clusters of them are more likely today to be built near neighborhoods.
Each instrumentalist knew his place and how to maximize the overall arrangement by choosing the least obtrusive path to get there.
In your head, though, a mental teleprompter is streaming a string of garbled words that make up your networking pitch, and thoughts of inadequacy and self-criticism become obtrusive.
The sound design (by Rick Lombardo, who also directed) is not quite as obtrusive, but it, too, is part of a layering that suggests that the director doesn't trust the script.
If the author’s historical research becomes obtrusive, the illusion cracks.
Buck said the Scheduler makes the robot vacuum more autonomous and even less obtrusive.
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OBTRUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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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