A Word A Day : Unobtrusive

Tuesday, 26th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ùnneb-trossiv


1. Not undesirably noticeable or blatant

2. Keeping a low profile

3. Inconspicuous


1533, from Latin obstructionem (nom. obstructio) "a building up," from obstructus, pp. of obstruere "block up, build up, hinder," from ob "against" + struere "to pile, build"


inconspicuous, obscure, unconspicuous, unnoticeable, unremarkable, modest, bland, discreet, understated, self-effacing, shy, low-profile, unassuming, quiet

Quiet is free of noise or uproar or making little if any sound.

Quite means to the greatest extent or actually, really, or truly.


conspicuous, flaunting, noticeable, obtrusive

Contextual Examples:

• She saw only that he was quiet and unobtrusive and she liked him for it.

• It made him nervous to feel himself an intruder; but he had learned to hide his feelings, and they found him quiet and unobtrusive.

• They liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company, practising for solitude and sobering their minds in the man's rich silence.

Related Words:

obtrusiveness : Noun

unobtrusiveness : Noun

unobtrusively : Adverb

obtrusive : Adverb

obtrusion : Noun

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