Definition of obtrusive in English:


Syllabification: ob·tru·sive
Pronunciation: /əbˈtro͞osiv
, äbˈtro͞osiv


Noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way: high-powered satellites can reach smaller and less obtrusive antennas
More example sentences
  • His actions were quickly followed and none of the officers noticed any longer the obtrusive wrongness of his presence.
  • By its very nature, this commercial intrusion is designed to be obtrusive and dominant.
  • Brash fashion, garish visuals and acceptably obtrusive sounds make for an attention grabbing set this evening at the Music Box.
conspicuous, prominent, noticeable, obvious, unmistakable;
intrusive, out of place;
bold, loud, showy, gaudy, garish, flashy
informal sticking/standing out like a sore thumb


mid 17th century: from Latin obtrus- 'thrust forward', from the verb obtrudere (see obtrude).



More example sentences
  • Yes, I felt rather conspicuous, being, as I was, obtrusively alive.
  • It was consistently and even obtrusively constructive.
  • She made her way over to the counter, still staring, and then coughed obtrusively, pounding her fist on the wood for emphasis.


More example sentences
  • He said the problem with Kilkerran was the obtrusiveness of some of the houses built in more recent times.
  • Western officials say local obtrusiveness is still hampering efforts to speed up refugee returns.
  • Everyone's sense of Obtrusive and Non-Obtrusive is not the same; obtrusiveness is in the eye of the beholder.

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