Adjective "obtrusive" definition and examples

(Obtrusive may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way.
  1. 'The more ambitious and well favoured tend to become obtrusive, and, eventually, inevitably, an embarrassment to their masters.'
  2. 'The works would be less obtrusive from rooms further up.'
  3. 'Ashley's response was cut short by a loud, obtrusive cough from where Jimmy sat to my left.'
  4. 'The Colorama, once a welcome diversion, seemed by then vulgar and obtrusive.'
  5. 'The void of the Berlin Museum is incessant, obtrusive and silent.'
  6. 'I like the idea a lot, but the blue highlighting is just too obtrusive - I find I'm reading the hyperlinks and ignoring the text.'
  7. 'Though their presence was meant to be protective, it was essentially obtrusive, and in terms of it being necessary at all, tragic.'
  8. 'On an aesthetic level, this film is special because it utilises a lot of modern devices successfully without feeling obtrusive or gimmicky.'
  9. 'By its very nature, this commercial intrusion is designed to be obtrusive and dominant.'
  10. 'His actions were quickly followed and none of the officers noticed any longer the obtrusive wrongness of his presence.'

More definitions

1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others.

2. (of a thing) obtruding itself: an obtrusive error.

3. protruding; projecting.

More examples(as adjective)

"artifices can be obtrusive in plays."

"people can be obtrusive."

"elements can be obtrusive."

"tones can be obtrusive."

"presences can be obtrusive."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin obtrus- ‘thrust forward’, from the verb obtrudere (see obtrude).