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.

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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 That may tick off some right-handed gamers who don’t like power cords on the same side as their mousing hand, but MSI does at least provide a right-angle plug to make routing less obtrusive. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti," 6 June 2019 But buying a tethered headset (e.g. Oculus Rift or HTC Vive) means being permanently tied to a bulky computer tower via an obtrusive cable. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Vive’s wireless adapter gives the best VR experience lots of money can buy," 26 Sep. 2018 Pricing drugs based on their uses would reduce the need for obtrusive management techniques. Roger D. Klein, WSJ, "Price Drugs According to What They Do," 8 Jan. 2019 Another free service is TwitWipe, which effectively does the same thing but is chock-full of obtrusive advertising and a bit harder to use. Nick Statt, The Verge, "How to delete your Twitter history," 26 July 2018 Both of these new examples are less obtrusive than the most famous Apple push notification, which informed more than 500 million people that Apple had purchased and given them a free copy of U2’s Songs of Innocence. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple sent iPhone owners unwanted push notifications to promote Carpool Karaoke," 18 Dec. 2018 This can make your eyes pump out more tears to flush away debris, or your lashes might help sweep away any obtrusive pieces of matter, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Eyes Are Burning When You Put In Your Contacts," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of obtrusive

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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