\ 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 pushy (audio) \ adverb
pushiness \ ˈpu̇-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce pushy (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 His wide-eyed, regular-guy approach to interviewing by then felt dated in an era of edgy, pushy or loaded questioning by other hosts. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87," 23 Jan. 2021 Nonetheless, pushy, smooth-talking imposters who claim to work for Florida’s largest public utility press forward with their phone calls, persuading customers to wire them money or risk losing their electricity. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "About your unpaid FPL bill: That caller might be a scammer," 31 Dec. 2020 There's the three daughters, and then the pushy mom. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan spills tea on playing the Regency Kardashians, Penelope's arc," 28 Dec. 2020 That is doubly true for women of color; Harris is a U.S. senator and a former attorney general of California, but Donald Trump has portrayed her as pushy, dislikable, and alien, drawing on the most tedious racist and sexist tropes. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "First Ladies and Second Gentlemen," 20 Dec. 2020 Their managers were pushy and did not support flexible hours. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "It took a pandemic for India’s tech industry to grasp the benefits of working from home," 20 Dec. 2020 If your friend is pushy enough to inquire, thank her for providing the list — and leave it at that. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Family visit becomes one big project," 19 Nov. 2020 My brother has married a pushy woman who is incessantly forcing her way in where it is not wanted. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Widow’s adult children begrudge her moving on with her life," 23 Oct. 2020 Late in practice Tuesday, almost 10 months after neck surgery, Young shadowed Brown in 11-on-11 action over the middle, getting the speedy receiver to get a little pushy. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "After a neck injury, CB Tavon Young is turning heads again at Ravens training camp," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pushy

1874, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Pushy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushy. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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