[ proh-too-ber-uhnt, -tyoo-, pruh- ]
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  1. bulging out beyond the surrounding surface; protruding; projecting: protuberant eyes.

Origin of protuberant

1640–50; <Late Latin prōtūberant- (stem of prōtūberāns), present participle of prōtūberāre to swell. See pro-1, tuber1, -ant

Other words from protuberant

  • pro·tu·ber·ant·ly, adverb
  • non·pro·tu·ber·ant, adjective
  • non·pro·tu·ber·ant·ly, adverb
  • un·pro·tu·ber·ant, adjective
  • un·pro·tu·ber·ant·ly, adverb

Words Nearby protuberant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use protuberant in a sentence

  • His pursed up mouth made it clear that he was not a handsome man—the lower lip was heavy, somewhat protuberant.

    The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
  • He paced the length of the living room several times, his fists clenched, his protuberant lip grown heavier.

    The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
  • Ed did not touch the grass at any point except one: the point where his protuberant stomach most protruded.

    Pagan Passions | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He drew a sharp breath, which sounded through his yellow, protuberant teeth like a hiss.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His protuberant stomach swelled forth in the shape of a pear; his legs were small, but active and vigorous.

    Parisians in the Country | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for protuberant


/ (prəˈtjuːbərənt) /

  1. swelling out from the surrounding surface; bulging

Origin of protuberant

C17: from Late Latin prōtūberāre to swell, from pro- 1 + tūber swelling

Derived forms of protuberant

  • protuberance or protuberancy, noun
  • protuberantly, adverb

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