from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
  • intransitive verb To thrust out; push forward.
  • intransitive verb To impose oneself on others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To thrust prominently forward; especially, to thrust forward with undue prominence or importunity, or without solicitation; force forward or upon any one: often reflexive: as, to obtrude one's self or one's opinions upon a person's notice.
  • Synonyms Intrude, Obtrude. See intrude.
  • To be thrust or to thrust one's self prominently into notice, especially in an unwelcome manner; intrude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To thrust one's self upon a company or upon attention; to intrude.
  • transitive verb To thrust impertinently; to present to a person without warrant or solicitation.
  • transitive verb To offer with unreasonable importunity; to urge unduly or against the will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb thrust oneself in as if by force
  • verb push to thrust outward


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin obtrūdere : ob-, against; see ob– + trūdere, to thrust; see treud- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin obtrūdō ("thrust off or against"), from ob- ("ob-") + trūdō ("thrust").


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  • To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, etc.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation.

    Moreover, crime is something which the citizen is happy to forget when it does not obtrude itself into public consciousness.

    -- "Voting On Crime", Irish Times, May 30, 1997

    For the next few months, Polidori continued to obtrude himself on Byron's attention in every possible way -- popping into every conversation, sulking when he was ignored, challenging Percy Bysshe Shelley to a duel, attacking an apothecary and getting arrested "accidentally" banging his employer on the knee with an oar and saying he wasn't sorry -- until finally Byron dismissed him.

    -- Angeline Goreau, "Physician, Behave Thyself", New York Times, September 3, 1989

    He was, in his relationships with his few close friends, a considerate, delightful, sensitive, helpful, unpretentious person who did not obtrude his social and political views, nor make agreeing with them a condition of steadfast friendship.

    -- Alden Whitman, "Daring Lindbergh Attained the Unattainable With Historic Flight Across Atlantic", New York Times, August 27, 1974

    And, as is common in books sewn together from previously published essays, certain redundancies obtrude.

    -- Maxine Kumin, "First, Perfect Fear; Then, Universal Love", New York Times, October 17, 1993

    Obtrude is from Latin obtrudere, "to thrust upon, to force," from ob, "in front of, before" + trudere, "to push, to thrust."

    May 19, 2008