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Definition to stick out, attract more attention than desired, or impose on others
  • When I try to study, she keeps obtruding into my thoughts.
obtruding = attracting more attention than desired
  • An antenna obtrudes from the top.
  • obtrudes = sticks out
  • Worry about missing the deadline obtrudes and slows progress.
  • obtrudes = attracts more attention than desired
  • — They will sometimes obtrude—but how you can court them!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Everywhere it obtrudes its mechanism, its activity, its dreary exigencies and vanity between the ideal and the real, between orchestra and ear.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But then the impossibility of the thing obtruded itself upon me.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Why had he come obtruding his life into hers, hers that might have been whole enough without him?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The larger, ragged, and fantastic branches still obtruded themselves abroad, while the white and hoary trunk stood naked and tempest-riven.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "Miss Summerson," said Mr. Woodcourt, "if without obtruding myself on your confidence I may remain near you, pray let me do so."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The knitting old woman with the cat obtruded herself upon my memory as a most improper person to be sitting at the other end of such an affair.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • We have ever been far from wishing to obtrude ourselves on anyone.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Being courteous folk, they had not obtruded themselves overnight by presence, word, or gesture.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A pestilent conceit, which so often will insist upon obtruding even when beholding the mightiest royal beadle on his throne.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And those lips which are— well, I mustn't let my carnal lusts obtrude.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Unwilling to obtrude himself on the princess, Rostov did not go back to the house but remained in the village awaiting her departure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Nor will I inquire whether Mr Clennam did, at any time, obtrude himself on—ha—my society.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Red Whisker pretended he could make a salad (which I don't believe), and obtruded himself on public notice.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He obtruded himself upon us in the first instance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Mrs Danvers never obtruded herself, but I was aware of her continually.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • But last summer he was again most painfully obtruded on my notice.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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