Adjective "obnoxious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely unpleasant.
  1. 'he found her son somewhat obnoxious'
  2. 'I had to call each of my clerks into my office one at a time and explain how what I did actually made the obnoxious guy feel worse.'
  3. 'Its puerile response to grave matters would seem obnoxious if it did not yield such irresistible jokes.'
  4. 'I find it obnoxious and frightening to see drunks in bars and on the streets.'
  5. 'Sadly the bottom line is that she spends a lot of money with us and by virtue of that we have to accept her obnoxious visits.'
  6. 'Like a nasty fungus or a obnoxious flatmate, the government will expand to fill any available space.'
  7. 'The water was a shade of obnoxious blue that gave the sky a run for its money.'
  8. 'It has become bigger and more obnoxious than the people and events themselves.'
  9. 'The smell of cigarettes can be rather obnoxious, even in the street.'
  10. 'I had a faint hope that the heat would remove that obnoxious weed ragwort from the roadsides of Cumbria.'
  11. 'Last night I turned into one of those obnoxious young things on a tour, just like I vowed never to be.'


1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.

2. annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself: an obnoxious little brat.

3. Archaic. exposed or liable to harm, evil, or anything objectionable.

4. Obsolete. liable to punishment or censure; reprehensible.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be obnoxious to people."

"touchs can be obnoxious to people."

"systems can be obnoxious to rules."

"substances can be obnoxious to senses."

"lunches can be obnoxious to senses."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘vulnerable to harm’): from Latin obnoxiosus, from obnoxius ‘exposed to harm’, from ob- ‘towards’ + noxa ‘harm’. The current sense, influenced by noxious, dates from the late 17th century.