Definition of obtrusive in US English:

obtrusive

adjective

  • Noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way.

    ‘high-powered satellites can reach smaller and less obtrusive antennas’
    • ‘Commercial influence and the grip of wealthy patrons are obtrusive and obvious.’
    • ‘The Colorama, once a welcome diversion, seemed by then vulgar and obtrusive.’
    • ‘The more ambitious and well favoured tend to become obtrusive, and, eventually, inevitably, an embarrassment to their masters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So now you have a rather obtrusive opening on the ground floor with a view into an empty basement without stores or food outlets.’
    • ‘Brash fashion, garish visuals and acceptably obtrusive sounds make for an attention grabbing set this evening at the Music Box.’
    • ‘The courts have been inconsistent, often influenced by how obtrusive the display is and whether a genuine historic context is involved.’
    • ‘On an aesthetic level, this film is special because it utilises a lot of modern devices successfully without feeling obtrusive or gimmicky.’
    • ‘The scenario was made so ghastly and obtrusive that I guess most women and kids would be too frightened to try eating out at the prison-like eatery.’
    • ‘In his case, and perhaps in yours as well, the direction isn't obtrusive in any way.’
    • ‘Ashley's response was cut short by a loud, obtrusive cough from where Jimmy sat to my left.’
    • ‘The void of the Berlin Museum is incessant, obtrusive and silent.’
    • ‘The other tables, however, had much less obtrusive lighting.’
    • ‘Though their presence was meant to be protective, it was essentially obtrusive, and in terms of it being necessary at all, tragic.’
    • ‘The works would be less obtrusive from rooms further up.’
    • ‘We may find that some religious augmentation of a school's dress code is not obtrusive, while others violently blare forth!’
    • ‘There are other, less obtrusive ways to reduce software piracy.’
    • ‘By its very nature, this commercial intrusion is designed to be obtrusive and dominant.’
    • ‘His actions were quickly followed and none of the officers noticed any longer the obtrusive wrongness of his presence.’
    • ‘Yet I was overwhelmed by the kindness of Laotian people, who were warm without being obtrusive, direct without being rude.’
    conspicuous, prominent, noticeable, obvious, pronounced, unmistakable, inescapable
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Origin

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

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