The woman cutting my hair asked if I got a chemical peel, because my face was so “swollen and dry.”
That ﬁnal thought tore through me, and I looked down at my swollen stomach, external evidence of another impending birth.
By the second section of the book, the population of the commune has swollen to thousands.
The atmosphere filled with pepper spray, people staggered, their faces red and swollen.
“The art of biography has produced all these swollen books,” McMurtry told me.
But Betty with a swollen heart had rewrapped herself and gone out of the door.
Many fictitious votes had swollen the numbers of their antagonists.
When I was up stairs I perceived my sickness increased, and I observed my head was swollen extremely.
Their swollen faces, black and awful to look at, I have seen in bad dreams since.
My bruised and swollen hands could no longer close on the oar handles.
early 14c., past participle adjective from swell (v.); from Old English geswollen, past participle of swellan.
Old English swellan "grow or make bigger" (past tense sweall, past participle swollen), from Proto-Germanic *swelnanan (cf. Old Saxon swellan, Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, Middle Dutch swellen, Dutch zwellen, Old High German swellan, German schwellen), of unknown origin.
early 13c., "a morbid swelling," from swell (v.). In reference to a rise of the sea, it is attested from c.1600. The meaning "wealthy, elegant person" is first recorded 1786; hence the adjectival meaning "fashionably dressed or equipped" (1810), both from the notion of "puffed-up, pompous" behavior. The sense of "good, excellent" first occurs 1897, and as a stand-alone expression of satisfaction it is recorded from 1930 in American English.
Excellent; wonderful; superb: The hotels are swell/ He was a hell of a swell fellow (1888+)
: The new owners have treated me swell (1920s+)
[perhaps fr the late 18th-century phrase cut a swell, ''swagger,'' describing the behavior of a person who swells with arrogance]