- The definition of obtrusive is noticeable and undesirable, or something that sticks out or is in the way.
- An example of obtrusive is an ugly mole on a nose.
- An example of obtrusive is a pushy person trying to cut to the front of a line.
- An example of something obtrusive is a fallen tree blocking a road.
obtrusive definition by Webster's New World
- inclined to obtrude
- obtruding itself; esp., calling attention to itself in a displeasing way
Origin: ; from Classical Latin obtrusus, past participle of obtrudere plush -ive
obtrusive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Thrusting out; protruding: an obtrusive rock formation.
- Tending to push self-assertively forward; brash: a spoiled child's obtrusive behavior.
- Undesirably noticeable: an obtrusive scar.
Origin: From Latin obtrūsus, past participle of obtrūdere, to obtrude; see obtrude.
- ob·truˈsive·ly adverb
- ob·truˈsive·ness noun