verb (used without object), swelled, swol·len or swelled, swell·ing.
verb (used with object), swelled, swol·len or swelled, swell·ing.
- a gradual increase (crescendo) followed by a gradual decrease (diminuendo) in loudness or force of musical sound.
- the sign (< >) for indicating this.
- a device, as in an organ, by which the loudness of tones may be varied.
- a fashionably dressed person; dandy.
- a socially prominent person.
Origin of swell
Synonyms for swell
Antonyms for swell
Related Words for swelledbloat, bulge, balloon, rise, enlarge, surge, increase, mount, accumulate, fatten, grow, expand, blister, distend, extend, aggravate, enhance, augment, dilate, pout
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Contemporary Examples of swelled
Thereafter, the 1960s swelled with political zeal and social unrest.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
The crowd of journalists that had swelled to its largest number.An Uneasy Peace Falls on Ferguson after Local Cops Called Off
August 15, 2014
The crowd of journalists that has swelled to its largest number.Ferguson on Edge Again as Night Falls
August 15, 2014
In recent weeks, the size of these groups has swelled to up to 100.Hundreds of Immigrants Are Rushing the Border Just to Get Caught
July 3, 2014
The number who feel lower class has swelled from 25% in 2008 to an almost doubled 49% in 2014 according to CNN.Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?
March 26, 2014
Historical Examples of swelled
Miss Wardwell swelled with importance and let her superior ask her twice.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The pool that we saw that night has swelled into a lake,—English blood and American,—no!Old News
Some called him Tom Sawyer the Traveler, and that just swelled him up fit to bust.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The sixteen States over which Washington presided had swelled to eighteen.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
And it swelled into such a laugh that I saw the police feel for their clubs.The Harbor
verb swells, swelling, swelled, swollen or swelled
- the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
- a succession of waves or a single large wave
Word Origin for swell
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.