Definition of obnoxious in English:

obnoxious

adjective

  • Extremely unpleasant.

    • ‘I started with obnoxious colours, brown and red mainly, and worked from there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I assume he was not aware of the fact that he was in a church and being extremely obnoxious.’
    • ‘More than just unpleasant, the obnoxious smell was stifling and suffocating.’
    • ‘It has become bigger and more obnoxious than the people and events themselves.’
    • ‘Last night I turned into one of those obnoxious young things on a tour, just like I vowed never to be.’
    • ‘I picked up the fake gun and held in a particularly obnoxious woman's face.’
    • ‘We have, in this country, a generation of obnoxious, unruly, disrespectful louts.’
    • ‘I had a faint hope that the heat would remove that obnoxious weed ragwort from the roadsides of Cumbria.’
    • ‘The water was a shade of obnoxious blue that gave the sky a run for its money.’
    • ‘I find it obnoxious and frightening to see drunks in bars and on the streets.’
    • ‘His is biased, obnoxious, and arrogant but we knew that about him before the book came out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The smell of cigarettes can be rather obnoxious, even in the street.’
    • ‘I could have sworn this obnoxious clause had been dropped, after widespread criticism.’
    • ‘Its puerile response to grave matters would seem obnoxious if it did not yield such irresistible jokes.’
    • ‘Like a nasty fungus or a obnoxious flatmate, the government will expand to fill any available space.’
    • ‘It is incredibly difficult to find a high school student who isn't obnoxious.’
    • ‘Returning to her native city from Asia, she was driven home by a rude, obnoxious and deceitful driver.’
    • ‘A decent living politician is one who is not actively corrupt, rude, obnoxious, vile or idiotic.’
    disagreeable, irksome, troublesome, annoying, irritating, vexatious, displeasing, uncomfortable, distressing, nasty, horrible, appalling, terrible, awful, dreadful, hateful, detestable, miserable, abominable, execrable, odious, invidious, objectionable, offensive, repugnant, repulsive, repellent, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, nauseating, unsavoury, unpalatable, ugly
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

obnoxious

/əbˈnäkSHəs/