C16: from Latin obtrūdere, from ob- against + trūdere to push forward
obtrude for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɒbtruːd)
Word forms: obtrudes, obtruding, obtruded
ergative verb & verb
When something obtrudes or when you obtrude it, it becomes noticeable in an undesirable way. [literary] [V] ⇒ A 40 watt bulb would be quite sufficient and would not obtrude. [V n] ⇒ Gertrude now clearly felt that she had obtruded her sorrow. [V + on] ⇒ He didn't want to obtrude on her privacy.