The eight-foot-tall, hot pink statue of Minnie Mouse did not belong among the beige couches of the fancy living room. The statue was obtrusive to say the least, meaning it stood out in a bad way.

Something that obtrudes sticks out, like a sore thumb. Wear a leopard-print toga to a gathering of PETA supporters, or ask loudly if wine is being served at an Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting — these are examples of obtrusive behavior, which draws attention to you and makes you stick out, but not in a good way.

Definitions of obtrusive

adj sticking out; protruding

thrusting outward

adj undesirably noticeable

“the obtrusive behavior of a spoiled child”
“equally obtrusive was the graffiti”
unnoticeable, unobtrusive
not obtrusive or undesirably noticeable

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