Definition of obtrusive in English:



  • Noticeable or prominent in an unwelcome or intrusive way.

    ‘high-powered satellites can reach smaller and less obtrusive antennas’
    • ‘Ashley's response was cut short by a loud, obtrusive cough from where Jimmy sat to my left.’
    • ‘The more ambitious and well favoured tend to become obtrusive, and, eventually, inevitably, an embarrassment to their masters.’
    • ‘So now you have a rather obtrusive opening on the ground floor with a view into an empty basement without stores or food outlets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other tables, however, had much less obtrusive lighting.’
    • ‘Yet I was overwhelmed by the kindness of Laotian people, who were warm without being obtrusive, direct without being rude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his case, and perhaps in yours as well, the direction isn't obtrusive in any way.’
    • ‘The Colorama, once a welcome diversion, seemed by then vulgar and obtrusive.’
    • ‘His actions were quickly followed and none of the officers noticed any longer the obtrusive wrongness of his presence.’
    • ‘By its very nature, this commercial intrusion is designed to be obtrusive and dominant.’
    • ‘Though their presence was meant to be protective, it was essentially obtrusive, and in terms of it being necessary at all, tragic.’
    • ‘Brash fashion, garish visuals and acceptably obtrusive sounds make for an attention grabbing set this evening at the Music Box.’
    • ‘There are other, less obtrusive ways to reduce software piracy.’
    • ‘The void of the Berlin Museum is incessant, obtrusive and silent.’
    • ‘On an aesthetic level, this film is special because it utilises a lot of modern devices successfully without feeling obtrusive or gimmicky.’
    • ‘The courts have been inconsistent, often influenced by how obtrusive the display is and whether a genuine historic context is involved.’
    • ‘The works would be less obtrusive from rooms further up.’
    • ‘Commercial influence and the grip of wealthy patrons are obtrusive and obvious.’
    • ‘We may find that some religious augmentation of a school's dress code is not obtrusive, while others violently blare forth!’
    conspicuous, prominent, noticeable, obvious, pronounced, unmistakable, inescapable
    out of place, intrusive
    thrusting, protruding, protuberant, sticking out
    bold, loud, showy, garish, gaudy, lurid, flashy
    standing out a mile, sticking out a mile, standing out like a sore thumb, sticking out like a sore thumb
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Mid 17th century: from Latin obtrus- thrust forward from the verb obtrudere (see obtrude).