\ˈpu̇-shē \
pushier; pushiest

Definition of pushy 

: aggressive often to an objectionable degree : forward

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Other Words from pushy

pushily \ ˈpu̇-​shə-​lē \ adverb
pushiness \ ˈpu̇-​shē-​nəs \ 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

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Some younger workers also say they are turned off by the proverbial image of the smooth-talking, pushy car salesman out to trick buyers into paying more for a vehicle. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Dearth of a Salesman: Auto Dealers Struggle to Recruit, Retain Younger Workers," 23 Aug. 2018 Photos of De Laurentiis dot the walls, of course, but not in a pushy, look-at-me way. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Giada De Laurentiis' new restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore serves up appealing flavors," 28 June 2018 That’s what’s difficult about producing—having to be pushy is hard for me. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Original Preppy Murder: Chloë Sevigny Takes the Lead in Her New Film About Lizzie Borden," 27 June 2018 On one side, the pushy new wife of an affluent businessman is complaining about the shade cast by her neighbor’s overhanging branches. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Under the Tree," 6 July 2018 Investment bankers at Morgan Stanley were rather pushy and liked to bother me at night. WSJ, "The Art of the Brushoff," 17 June 2018 His business card reads pushy salesman, but his technique leans more toward gentle persuasion. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Tender short ribs proved enjoyable, even if the sweet chili barbecue sauce was rather pushy. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "High marks for Topside in food, drink and view," 22 May 2018 On later brushes, a pushy in-app coach painstakingly guided me through scrubbing both sides of the teeth in every corner of my mouth. Steven Melendez, WSJ, "Smart Toothbrushes Tell You Everything You’re Doing Wrong," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pushy

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pushy

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


\ˈpu̇-shē \
pushier; pushiest

Kids Definition of pushy

: too aggressive : forward

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