- Energetic; pushy. [from 19th c.]
1905, William Le Queux, The Czar's Spy:
- All grades pass before you, from the pushful American commercial man interested in a patent medicine, to the proud Indian Rajah with his turbaned suite; from the variety actress to the daughter of a peer, or the wife of a millionaire pork-butcher doing Europe.
1908, John F. Runciman, Haydn:
- He met Gluck, who a little later was quite inaccessible to the most pushful of young men; also Dittersdorf and Wagenseil, who, whatever we may think of them, were very high and unapproachable musicians in their time.
1917, Various, Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 12, 1917:
- 'Twas not by barking mortars that the pushful CAESAR scored; He trusted close formations and the silent stabbing sword.
- 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 189:
- Buzzaway was one of the privileged (or pushful) people who were sometimes to be seen riding along a road beside the huntsman […].