1. look at with amorous intentions

    Type Of : look


  1. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    Synonyms : busy, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling
    Examples :
    • bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself


  1. unequivocally detestable

    Synonyms : abominable, detestable, execrable
    Examples :
    • consequences odious to those you govern


  1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    Synonyms : avert, avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, stave off, ward off
    Type Of : forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid, foreclose
  2. do away with

    Synonyms : eliminate, rid of
    Antonyms : necessitate


  1. lacking in insight or discernment

    Synonyms : purblind
    Examples :
    • too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
  2. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    Synonyms : dense, dim, dull, dumb, slow
    Examples :
    • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
  3. of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees

    Antonyms : acute
  4. (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex


  1. boisterously and noisily aggressive

    Examples :
    • kept up an obstreperous clamor
  2. noisily and stubbornly defiant

    Examples :
    • obstreperous boys


  1. no longer in use

    Synonyms : disused
    Examples :
    • obsolete words


  1. an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

    Synonyms : compulsion
    Type Of : irrational motive
  2. an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone

    Synonyms : fixation
    Type Of : preoccupation


  1. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

    Synonyms : bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish
  2. attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

    Examples :
    • obsequious shop assistants


  1. not drawing attention

    Synonyms : unnoticeable
    Examples :
    • an obscure flaw
  2. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    Synonyms : blot out, hide, obliterate, veil
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
  3. not famous or acclaimed

    Synonyms : unknown, unsung
    Examples :
    • an obscure family
  4. not clearly expressed or understood

    Synonyms : vague
    Examples :
    • an obscure turn of phrase
    • an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
  5. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

    Synonyms : blur, confuse, obnubilate
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
  6. make obscure or unclear

    Synonyms : bedim, overcloud
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
    Examples :
    • The distinction was obscured
  7. make less visible or unclear

    Synonyms : becloud, befog, cloud, fog, haze over, mist, obnubilate
    Type Of : hide, conceal
    Examples :
    • The stars are obscured by the clouds
    • the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley
  8. marked by difficulty of style or expression

    Synonyms : dark
    Examples :
    • those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure
  9. remote and separate physically or socially

    Synonyms : apart, isolated
    Examples :
    • an obscure village
  10. difficult to find

    Synonyms : hidden
    Examples :
    • an obscure retreat
  11. reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

    Type Of : reduce