1610s, "to thrust forward or onward, to drive along;" 1640s, "to cause to stick out," from Latin protrudere "thrust forward; push out," from pro "forward" (see pro-) + trudere "to thrust, push" (from PIE *treud- "to press, push, squeeze;" see threat). Intransitive meaning "jut out, bulge forth" recorded from 1620s. Related: Protruded; protruding.
updated on December 27, 2020
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