If you say that someone or something is obtrusive, you think they are noticeable in an unpleasant way.

`You are rude and obtrusive, Mr Galbraith,' said Tommy...

These heaters are less obtrusive and are easy to store away in the summer.

Derived words:
obtrusively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Hawke got up and walked obtrusively out of the building.

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  • Obtrusive — Ob*tru sive, a. Disposed to obtrude; inclined to intrude or thrust one s self or one s opinions upon others, or to enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive. {Ob*tru sive*ly}, adv. {Ob*tru sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Not obvious, not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obtrusive — I adjective aggressive, assuming, bold, brash, brazen, encroaching, forward, impertinent, insolent, interfering, interrupting, interruptive, intruding, intrusive, invasive, malapert, meddlesome, meddling, officious, presuming, presumptuous,… …   Law dictionary

  • obtrusive — (adj.) 1660s, from L. obtrus , pp. stem of obtrudere (see OBTRUDE (Cf. obtrude)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • obtrusive — intrusive, meddlesome, *impertinent, officious Analogous words: inquisitive, *curious, prying, snoopy, nosy: blatant, strident (see VOCIFEROUS) Antonyms: unobtrusive: shy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obtrusive — [adj] pushy, obvious bulging, busy, forward, impertinent, importunate, interfering, intrusive, jutting, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, noticeable, officious, presumptuous, projecting, prominent, protruding, protuberant, prying, sticking out;… …   New thesaurus

  • obtrusive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way. DERIVATIVES obtrusively adverb obtrusiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • obtrusive — [əb tro͞o′siv, äbtro͞o′siv] adj. [< L obtrusus, pp. of obtrudere + IVE] 1. inclined to obtrude 2. obtruding itself; esp., calling attention to itself in a displeasing way obtrusively adv. obtrusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • obtrusive — /əbˈtrusɪv / (say uhb troohsiv), / zɪv/ (say ziv) adjective 1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude: a military presence that is not obtrusive. 2. (of a thing) obtruding itself: an obtrusive piece of furniture. 3. projecting: *the windows… …  

  • obtrusive — adjective Date: 1667 1. a. forward in manner or conduct < obtrusive behavior > b. undesirably prominent 2. thrust out ; protruding < a sharp obtrusive edge > Synonyms: see impertinent • obtrusively …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obtrusive — adjective a) Sticking out; protruding. The facade of the building was ornamented with obtrusive sculpted designs. b) Noticeable; prominent, especially in a displeasing way. He has an obtrusive forehead. Syn: bulging, jutting, impertinent …   Wiktionary

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