a past participle of swell.
enlarged by or as by swelling; puffed up; tumid.
turgid or bombastic.
- swol·len·ly, adverb
- swol·len·ness, noun
- un·swol·len, adjective
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How to use swollen in a sentence
They include swollen ankles and wrists, bruised arms and legs, concussions and irritated lungs.Beaten, sprayed with mace and hit with stun guns: police describe injuries to dozens of officers during assault on U.S. Capitol | Peter Hermann, Julie Zauzmer | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
You could see her blackening eye, her lip swollen and split clear down to the tooth, a glaze of blood on her chin dripping onto her chest.
Supernovae should be more common in the center where stars, especially swollen red giants just about ready to pop, crowd thickly together.Stars are dying all across the galaxy—why don’t we see them? | Charlie Wood | December 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
What McElroy didn’t expect, though, was to find herself in the emergency room a day later — swollen and covered in a red, itchy, hivelike rash that was spreading all over her body.Covid may cause rashes and swelling. That doesn’t mean you’re ‘allergic,’ experts say. | Allyson Chiu | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for swollen
a past participle of swell
tumid or enlarged by or as if by swelling
turgid or bombastic
- swollenly, adverb
- swollenness, noun
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