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 swollenbloated, inflated, inflamed, puffed, distended, puffy, tumescent, tumid, bulgy, distent
Examples from the Web for swollen
Contemporary Examples of swollen
So the discs get all floppy, swollen, pop out left, pop out right.Why Is Louis C.K. So Funny? He Uses Humor as a Moral Compass.
May 2, 2014
But the attitude of doctors was that if the lymph glands were swollen it was a good sign of a body fighting infection.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
January 27, 2014
According to Robertson—not a registered dietician—low carb diets “build up clinkers” and “you get swollen joints, you get gout.”Diet Like Jesus: What the Bible Says About How to Eat
October 15, 2013
Lifting his swollen hands and visibly cut-up wrists as proof, he leads me through a trail of wounds.James McAvoy Tackles ‘Macbeth’
March 14, 2013
“The art of biography has produced all these swollen books,” McMurtry told me.Larry McMurtry on the Villainous Custer and the Myths of the West
November 17, 2012
Historical Examples of swollen
After it has swollen as much as it will, the plaster mould is made as before.
His eyelids were swollen by the great tears which at last rolled down his cheeks.The Dream
In short, the swollen river had already done a great deal of mischief.Tanglewood Tales
He was trying to speak, but his swollen lips could scarcely make a sound.The Field of Ice
The late storms had swollen the waters in the neighbourhood.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
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
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.