I am having a hard time making sense of the word "protuberant" in this sentence from an online article. I have always understood that word to mean something along the lines of "bulging", "protruding," usually describing eyes. I have consulted several dictionaries, but can't seem to find anything beyond that. But it doesn't seem to be the case here. What does protuberant mean when describing a person? Someone with bulging eyes? Is that what it means here?

Meanwhile, Angela is carrying on with protuberant tennis pro Tony Parker (Andrew Carter), who becomes the object of lust to both Edith and Angela's gay son, Lance (Tom DeTrinis).

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In Merriam-Webster's definition of protuberant, prominent is given as a synonym.

This sounds like a more understandable word for the sentence.

In short, I would say that the tennis pro "stands out" in an obvious and unmistakable way.

Although it's only a guess, I would say that he's probably an extroverted and flamboyant character in the play the article is talking about.

  • Or he has a lot of bulging muscles and the writer is using an unusual description to emphasize that the tennis pro is a caricature.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 18:14
  • This is the only way I can make sense of it, but I think it's a case of thesaurus overuse. That's not a normal way to use that word...
    – SamBC
    Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 11:27

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