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swelled head

an inordinately grand opinion of oneself; conceit.
Origin of swelled head
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
swelled-headed, adjective
swelled-headedness, noun Unabridged
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  • He warned the successful salesman against getting a "swelled head."

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • Don't tell me anything more, or you will give me a case of swelled head.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • As for the remark about a swelled head, Lance must have been rotting.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • At any rate you must take yourself seriously and get a swelled head.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • Having decided that Wally had swelled head and not feeling much better, Mr Goble concentrated his attention on the stage.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • Someone told me the other day that she has a bad attack of swelled head.

  • "Gee, you're gettin' swelled head with your new gun," said he.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • He's just the least bit in danger of getting a swelled head.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • People who have braved the ordeal, and emerged successfully, go about with swelled head.

  • He's a very ordinary fellow, with a rich father and a swelled head.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for swelled head

swelled head

(informal) an inflated view of one's own worth, often caused by sudden success
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for swelled head

swelled head


Conceit (1891+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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