• WordNet 3.6
    • adj obtrusive sticking out; protruding
    • adj obtrusive undesirably noticeable "the obtrusive behavior of a spoiled child","equally obtrusive was the graffiti"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Obtrusive Disposed to obtrude; inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others, or to enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive. "Not obvious, not obtrusive , but retired."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obtrusive Disposed to obtrude; given to thrusting one's self or one's opinions upon the company or notice of others; forward (applied to persons); unduly prominent (applied to things).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obtrusive disposed to thrust one's self among others
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obtrudĕreob, before, trudĕre, trusum, to thrust.


In literature:

The furniture was reasonably modern, but not obtrusively so.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I have not been obtrusive.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
How different from Roderick's clumsy advice and obtrusive affectation of candour.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
Never was intervention more effective, or less obtrusive.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
The dice-box rattled obtrusively as Colonel Parsons and his wife played on with elaborate unconcern of the conversation.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
He also knew when it was advisable to offer something more tasteful than the obtrusive dollar.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Mrs. Bethel was gorgeous in a green silk dress and the paint was more obtrusive than ever.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
But it is not the noisy, clamorous, obtrusive life of the city.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Nothing can be less obtrusive than the demeanor of the brethren.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
He had never known a collar to be so obtrusive.
"The Cheerful Smugglers" by Ellis Parker Butler

In poetry:

The gray earth dawning up, cold, comfortless;
With its obtrusive I am written large
Upon its face!
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
O Youth! enchanting stage, profusely bless'd!
Bliss even obtrusive courts the frolic mind;
Of health neglectful, yet by health caress'd,
Careless of favour, yet secure to find.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone
When the mind is distracted, oft visions obtrusive
Collect round the couch, and appear to the eye,
When the frame is disorder'd, oft fancies illusive
Impose, that the vigor of health would defy.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

A bow net made of criss-crossed lacing will be equally effective but less obtrusive, and it will add less windage.
Fewer and less obtrusive pop-up warnings.
Although wearing white past Labor Day is an outdated fashion rule, at times an entirely bright, monochrome outfit is obtrusive and offbeat.
Other drivers may find the center armrest a bit obtrusive on manual transmission Foresters .
Such units are mounted above deck, and so they are fairly high profile—some might say obtrusive.
Mathematicians take their cues from owl wings to design quieter , less obtrusive planes.

In science:

The higher the ratio, the less obtrusive the background noise is.
Computational time-reversal imaging with a small number of random and noisy measurements
A primary goal I had when taping was to minimize the obtrusiveness of the video recording, because I think that what people perceive they are doing affects what they actually do.
Technical paper: Collecting classroom video on a budget