\ 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

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Anna Stefanic does a fine job of making Girl serious but not unlikable, and her pushy optimism quickly becomes endearing. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019 As the characters get wound up and the performance gets noisy, the pushy anxiety sometimes cries for relief. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019 Watch for signs and back off if someone seems find your attention pushy or inappropriate. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 5, 2019: Gemini, research major purchase first; Libra, watch restless urge," 5 June 2019 The movie has its coy and slightly pushy side, but its juggling of comic and dramatic impulses gives it a sense of purpose. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Dumbo’ and 8 other movies open March 29; our reviewers weigh in," 3 Apr. 2019 If all thoroughbreds are alphas, Justify seems an extreme case, with a confidence bordering on arrogance, more pushy than regal. Liz Clarke, chicagotribune.com, "Justify's path to cusp of Triple Crown is unusual. But so is training a 1,380-pound athlete.," 7 June 2018 Sign-up Granted, the relative size of the two companies has a bearing on how pushy the activist can be. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Campbell Soup and Nestlé: One Activist, Two Strategies," 30 Nov. 2018 There are two ways that most people first hear the Audio-Technica name: either in association with Technics turntables or via a pushy friend or YouTuber enlightening them about the M50x headphones. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 The salesmen in the main carpet souk on the Rahba Kehdima are infamously pushy and the quality of their wares varies widely. Tara Stevens, WSJ, "A Choosy Shopper’s Guide to Marrakesh," 5 Dec. 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

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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