obnoxious[əb näk′s̸həs, äb-]
They find her singing obnoxious.
An example of obnoxious is an upstairs neighbor listening to extremely loud music at two o'clock in the morning.
- exposed or liable to injury, evil, or harm
- liable to punishment; censurable
- very unpleasant; objectionable; offensive
Origin of obnoxiousClassical Latin obnoxiosus ; from obnoxius, subject or exposed to danger ; from ob- (see ob-) + noxa, harm ; from base of nocere, to hurt: see necro-
- Very annoying or objectionable; offensive or odious: “I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution” (Ulysses S. Grant).
- Archaic Exposed or subject to harm, injury, or evil: “Those who are most obnoxious to punishment will flee from the country” (George Washington).
- Archaic Deserving of or liable to censure.
Origin of obnoxiousLatin obnoxiōsus, subordinate, from obnoxius, subject, liable : ob-, to; see ob– + noxa, injury; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more obnoxious, superlative most obnoxious)