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
  1. adjective
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
    synonyms: intumescent, puffy, tumescent, turgid
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
  2. adjective
    ostentatiously lofty in style
    tumid political prose”
    synonyms: bombastic, declamatory, large, orotund, turgid
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
  3. adjective
    of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
    resisting weight or pressure
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