from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
- transitive v. To thrust out; push forward.
- intransitive v. To impose oneself on others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To thrust impertinently; to present to a person without warrant or solicitation.
- transitive v. To offer with unreasonable importunity; to urge unduly or against the will.
- intransitive v. To thrust one's self upon a company or upon attention; to intrude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust prominently forward; especially, to thrust forward with undue prominence or importunity, or without solicitation; force forward or upon any one: often reflexive: as, to obtrude one's self or one's opinions upon a person's notice.
- Synonyms Intrude, Obtrude. See intrude.
- To be thrust or to thrust one's self prominently into notice, especially in an unwelcome manner; intrude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. thrust oneself in as if by force
- v. push to thrust outward
Latin obtrūdere : ob-, against; see ob- + trūdere, to thrust; see treud- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obtrūdō ("thrust off or against"), from ob- ("ob-") + trūdō ("thrust"). (Wiktionary)