- The definition of abrasive is something that is harsh or rough, often to an unpleasant degree.
An example of abrasive is the attitude of your boss who is always short tempered and yelling at you.
Sand paper or SOS pads are examples of abrasives.
- causing abrasion
- tending to provoke anger, ill will, etc.; aggressively annoying; irritating
Origin of abrasivefrom Classical Latin abrasus, past participle of abradere, abrade + -ive
- Causing abrasion: scratched the stovetop with an abrasive cleanser.
- Harsh and rough in manner: an unpleasant, abrasive personality.
(comparative more abrasive, superlative most abrasive)
- Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface. [First attested in 1805.]
- Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]
- An abrasive person can grate on one's sensibilities.
- Despite her proper upbringing, we found her manners to be terribly abrasive.
abrase + -ive