- swelled head,
- swelled head, have a,
Origin of swelling
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
Examples from the Web for swelling
Swelling, pus, the whole shebang; an angry reaction that lasted weeks.
But then, once this swelling tide has receded, what happens?
Not hard to imagine what drives this number – money, the ever swelling lubricant of elective office.
“I was hospitalized for two or three days waiting for the swelling to disappear,” he recalled.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower|Nicolaus Mills|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was crying so much that an assistant was tasked with giving her ice packs to reduce the swelling.
Her fingers clutched at the neck of her dress, as if to tear it open, and so relieve the swelling of her throat.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
Through the breach, foaming and swelling with irresistible power burst the tides of victory.The Air Trust|George Allan England
The trees are bare, but their buds are swelling and these days of cold and fog and rain must come to make them burst in glory.The Sins of the Father|Thomas Dixon
They sometimes speak of it as swelling in the waters, and often refer to the sap as a “drop” (indu).A History of Sanskrit Literature|Arthur A. MacDonell
There may be no sense of soreness or swelling, but dull pain.A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication|Daniel Clark
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.