Obnoxious Definition

ŏb-nŏkshəs, əb-
Exposed or liable to injury, evil, or harm.
Webster's New World
Very unpleasant; objectionable; offensive.
Webster's New World
Liable to punishment; censurable.
Webster's New World
The definition of obnoxious is someone or something that is very annoying or offensive.
An example of obnoxious is an upstairs neighbor listening to extremely loud music at two o'clock in the morning.

Origin of Obnoxious

  • From Latin obnoxiōsus (“hurtful, injurious, dangerous"), from obnoxius (“punishable; liable to danger"), from ob (“against; facing") + noxia (“hurt, injury, damage").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin obnoxiōsus subordinate from obnoxius subject, liable ob- to ob– noxa injury nek-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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