- When the sound of your neighbor's shouting wakes you from a nap, this is an example of when it obtrudes.
- When you are having a private family scandal and the press shows up at your door to try to involve themselves and report on it, this is an example of when they obtrude.
transitive verb-·trud′ed, -·trud′ing
- to thrust forward; push out; eject
- to offer or force (oneself, one's opinions, etc.) upon others unasked or unwanted
Origin of obtrudeClassical Latin obtrudere from ob- (see ob-) + trudere, to thrust: see threat
verbob·trud·ed, ob·trud·ing, ob·trudes
- To impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
- To thrust out; push forward.
Origin of obtrudeLatin obtrūdere ob- against ; see ob- . trūdere to thrust ; see treud- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present obtrudes, present participle obtruding, simple past and past participle obtruded)
From Latin obtrÅ«dÅ (“thrust off or against"), from ob- (“ob-") + trÅ«dÅ (“thrust").