\ ˈpu̇-shē How to pronounce pushy (audio) \
pushier; pushiest

Definition of pushy

: aggressive often to an objectionable degree : forward

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Other Words from pushy

pushily \ ˈpu̇-​shə-​lē How to pronounce pushily (audio) \ adverb
pushiness \ ˈpu̇-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce pushiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of pushy in a Sentence

he's usually very pushy about insinuating his own ideas into other people's projects the pushy cocktail waiter kept asking me if I wanted another drink, even though I hadn't finished the first one
Recent Examples on the Web At checkout, the staff was so kind, friendly, and wasn’t pushy at all about purchasing a package. cleveland, "Namaste: Ranking Cleveland’s Top 49 yoga studios according to Yelp," 16 Jan. 2020 If someone is pushy or tries to use emotional manipulation to change your mind, have the sense to walk away. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 14, 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 Don't take it personally and overreact if someone seems rude or pushy. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 18, 2019: Happy birthday to actress Kim Dickens; Libra, help others by staying calm," 18 June 2019 Persuasive but not pushy, challenging but not judgmental, his knack for convincing his interviewees to (often unwittingly) reveal more of their psyches has endeared him to millions of viewers around the world. Suyin Haynes/london, Time, "Louis Theroux, Britain's Documentary Trailblazer, Turns the Spotlight on Himself," 3 Oct. 2019 Avoid point-of-purchase sales and salespeople who are pushy and eager to take advantage of you. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 14, 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 Miss Manners assures you that either party has the option of making vague plans more firm — or suggesting options — without it being deemed pushy. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Plans fall victim to commitment phobia," 11 Oct. 2019 For all the pushy tennis parents, Kristie Ahn’s folks are downright pull-y. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 U.S. Open," 8 Sep. 2019 The person trying to eat healthier either gets too pushy or even (sometimes inadvertently) starts guilt-tripping their partner into eating differently, sometimes not even noticing the challenges their partner is dealing with. SELF, "You Want to Eat Healthier. Your Partner Does Not. Here's How to Handle That," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pushy

1874, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Pushy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pushy

disapproving : using forceful methods to make others do what you want them to do : aggressive and rude


\ ˈpu̇-shē How to pronounce pushy (audio) \
pushier; pushiest

Kids Definition of pushy

: too aggressive : forward

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