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


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

From Latin obtrūsus, past participle of obtrūdere, to obtrude; see obtrude.


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