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

  • adjective Pushing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of push; active; energetic; enterprising: as, a pushful young man.

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  • adjective pushy

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

  • adjective marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative


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push +‎ -ful


  • But these were slight difficulties for our brilliant "pushful" young man.

    Pickwickian Studies

  • And that when he was simply seeking an all-round nervous stimulant to bring languid people up to the stresses of these pushful days.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Of a surety not in the pushful set of jobbers and tricksters he was condemned to live amongst.

    Australia Felix

  • He was invaded by a set of soft, pushful feelings and wishes, such as he had not dreamed were in him.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • The house had long been looked upon as something of a white elephant in the theatrical jungle; but Lumley, being pushful and knowledgeable, soon built up a valuable following and set the establishment on its legs.

    The Magnificent Montez From Courtesan to Convert

  • Having discovered his niche, the pushful Smith soon had his fingers in several other pies.

    The Magnificent Montez From Courtesan to Convert

  • Herbert, a young officer in the ant A.S.C. When we first knew Herbert (or "'Erb" as he was known in those days), he was an impudent and pushful private.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 7, 1917

  • Major Mallaby-Kelby was a keen pushful officer, immensely eager to maintain the well-known efficiency of the Brigade while the colonel was away; but he took me into his confidence on another matter.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • Spring comes early in the sheltered, southern bay of Monkshaven, and already the bracken was sending up pushful little shoots of young green, curled like a baby's fist, while the primroses, bunched together in clusters, thrust peering faces impertinently above the green carpet of the woods.

    The Hermit of Far End

  • Though personally I knew nothing about Rhodes, and was inclined to like an adventurous, pushful spirit, it was clear to me that, holding the views I did as to the functions of the journalist, I had no choice but to bark my loudest.

    The Adventure of Living


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