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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

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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 New York is turning for guidance to other cities that have found innovative solutions to transform aging roads into something less obtrusive. New York Times, "Fix for a Hated N.Y.C. Highway: How About an $11 Billion Tunnel?," 24 Feb. 2020 Life was all around us with chaotic, obtrusive, frenetic energy. Brooke Allen, WSJ, "‘Sidney Lumet: A Life’ Review: Man of Action," 7 Feb. 2020 Research shows that language is the first and most obtrusive impediment to finding work. Katie Nielson, Quartz, "The US has a skills gap problem—and it’s ignoring its most obvious solution," 10 Jan. 2020 But Hide’s Smart Socket is one of the most seamless, least obtrusive ways to do so. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "CES Editors’ Choice Awards: The Most Exciting Tech for 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 The main reason for that is size: at seven ounces and 106×52.3×25.5mm, the PowerCore is particularly small and light enough to fit into many pants pockets, let alone a handbag or suitcase, without being too obtrusive. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The most useful gadgets to have in your bag while traveling," 20 Nov. 2019 Wind turbines can be obtrusive and impact natural life in the surrounding area. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "This kite could harness more of the world's wind energy," 1 Oct. 2019 Luckily, companies like Tesla, are designing solar shingles that are nearly indistinguishable from normal shingles, embedding solar in a less obtrusive way. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Is Going Solar Right for You?," 27 July 2019 The congestion problems plaguing so many cities may be alleviated, and public transit, less obtrusive to pedestrians and environmentally preferable to cars, could finally have its day in the sun. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Are the Uber and Lyft Bubbles about to Burst?," 12 July 2019

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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 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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