Definition of obtrusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əbˈtruːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈtruːsɪv//
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noticeable in an unpleasant way The sofa would be less obtrusive in a paler colour. They tried to ensure that their presence was not too obtrusive. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin obtrus- ‘thrust forward’, from the verb obtrudere, from ob- ‘towards’ + trudere ‘to push’.
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