To understand tumid, think about how your belly feels after Thanksgiving when you've just polished off that third helping of turkey with stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Gassy? Full? Distended? That's tumid for you.

Tumid is also used by critics all over to describe their subjects (or rather "victims"). Any art form, particularly writing or acting, is ripe for description as tumid if it's overblown, bombastic and, well, gassy. Often used interchangeably with turgid in this sense.

Definitions of tumid

adj abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas

intumescent, puffy, tumescent, turgid
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

adj ostentatiously lofty in style

tumid political prose”
bombastic, declamatory, large, orotund, turgid
given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

adj of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

resisting weight or pressure

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