Definition of protuberant in US English:



  • Protruding; bulging.

    ‘his protuberant eyes fluttered open’
    • ‘He turned his face resignedly back to the path, just in time to avoid tripping over a protuberant root.’
    • ‘On physical examination, the patient was obese, with a protuberant abdomen but without palpable splenomegaly.’
    • ‘In severe cases, this results in impaired pulmonary function, a protuberant abdomen, and - because of compressed abdominal organs - early satiety and weight loss.’
    • ‘Its hard, protuberant cones can't be concealed even under the largest sweatshirt you can wear in the office.’
    • ‘He had these giant protuberant moles on his brow that vibrated when he yelled.’
    • ‘Internally, their protuberant eyes have cones above for color vision and rods below for monochromatic vision, allowing the fish to see both above and below water at the same time.’
    • ‘How long before the protuberant outer ear is lopped?’
    • ‘The aura of a mad childhood is created mainly by McCarthy's constant use of cartoon figures and grotesque rubbery masks, often with protuberant noses.’
    • ‘He peered up at me with his protuberant glass-bead eyes, and I stared down at him through my reading glasses.’
    • ‘The tumors may be bluish, red-brown or flesh-colored and slowly infiltrate the surrounding tissues, eventually forming protuberant nodules and causing discomfort.’
    • ‘He was a short, balding man who was fairly thin, except for his quite large and protuberant beer belly.’
    • ‘My fluffy white pillow was uncomfortably protuberant and I couldn't sleep all night.’
    • ‘The eyes were two emeralds, strangely protuberant.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for a child with an abdominal mass to present because a family member notices a protuberant mass.’
    • ‘In some instances, a tight belt or other poorly fitted clothing can cause nerve root irritation, especially in physically unfit persons with protuberant abdomens.’
    • ‘The protuberant eyes, big nose and tightly shut mouth give the guardian god a gracious, rather than awesome, appearance.’
    • ‘He had a rather large abdomen and protuberant (for want of a better word) buttocks.’
    • ‘When this rounded contour appears to be greater than normal, the abdomen is said to be bulging or protuberant.’
    • ‘The gargoyles on the outside of the theatre were particularly hideous, with protuberant tongues, pointed teeth, slits for eyes and sharp claws; despite this Lucy had named them like pet animals before she knew it.’
    • ‘The semicircle of his high, wide forehead swung down to the protuberant knobs of his cheekbones, and then tapered, concaving to the pointy bulb of his chin.’
    bulging, bulbous, popping, swelling, swollen, distended, sticking out, jutting, jutting out, protruding
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Mid 17th century: from late Latin protuberant- ‘swelling out’, from the verb protuberare, from pro- ‘forward, out’ + tuber ‘bump’.