\ 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 John said Bowness was understanding and not pushy, and did a good job of treating him like a human being. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Stephen Johns details his 22-month absence from the NHL, which included battles with depression and suicidal thoughts," 23 June 2020 Better to be your true self than play a role that requires you to get pushy. SFChronicle.com, "Minerva’s weekly horoscope, Feb. 23," 19 Feb. 2020 With all due respect, the delicate allium of the leeks should be appreciated without any pushy cousin’s company, and the eating-interest is boosted, in my humble opinion, by leaving some smaller bits of potato slice intact. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Can you say vichyssoise?," 13 June 2018 Michelle Obama is famously assertive, even pushy, behind the scenes. John Fund, National Review, "If Biden’s the Nominee, Might He Pick Michelle Obama as His Vice President?," 8 Mar. 2020 Macron’s tone is pushy, yes, and more than a little irresponsible. Washington Post, "There’s a Method to Macron’s Madness," 22 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of pushy

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pushy was in 1874

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5 Jul 2020

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“Pushy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushy. Accessed 13 Jul. 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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