Definitions

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

  • adj. Thrusting out; protruding: an obtrusive rock formation.
  • adj. Tending to push self-assertively forward; brash: a spoiled child's obtrusive behavior.
  • adj. Undesirably noticeable: an obtrusive scar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sticking out; protruding.
  • adj. Noticeable; prominent, especially in a displeasing way.
  • adj. Pushy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to obtrude; inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others, or to enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to obtrude; given to thrusting one's self or one's opinions upon the company or notice of others; forward (applied to persons); unduly prominent (applied to things).

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

  • adj. undesirably noticeable
  • adj. sticking out; protruding

Etymologies

From Latin obtrūsus, past participle of obtrūdere, to obtrude; see obtrude.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • So they want to make a new rule banning what they call obtrusive advertising in space.

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  • Youtube generally insists that its witnesses are mistaken and blames its oleaginous slurs on what I call obtrusive doomsday prophets.

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  • Yes, we too have very seriously considered selling this car (it's a 2002 ML500) and exchanging it for something less "obtrusive" for travel in Mexico.

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  • Our commanders, with the Iraqi commanders, have looked hard at how can you achieve, again, population control without having some kind of obtrusive barrier and so forth.

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  • While he was never "obtrusive," yet he invariably claimed and exercised all his rights.

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  • Sorry about the text ( "obtrusive" instead of "unobtrusive") in the tutorial demo.

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  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2000 prohibit [s] 'obtrusive' space advertising, "the FAA claims.

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  • Yet, though she is extremely handsome, or rather, to suit the expression to her form, extremely pretty, she is very little the taste of men; her excessive modesty renders both her beauty and understanding in some degree useless to her; "not obvious, not" obtrusive, "she escapes the observation of common eyes; and, tho 'infinitely lovely, I never heard she was beloved.

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  • It was playful, but also functional and not obtrusive; it won't kick you out of the app.

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  • Shaun Davey's obtrusive Hollywood-style incidental music is the only flaw in a production that is otherwise greatly rewarding.

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