- Swell means stylish, excellent or wonderful.
An example of swell is a an enjoyable experience at a country club.
- The definition of a swell is a long, unbroken wave.
An example of swell is a wave that forms in the ocean during a hurricane.
- Swell is defined as to grow larger beyond the normal size.
An example of swell is for feet to enlarge during pregnancy.
intransitive verbswelled, swelled or swol′len, swell′ing
- to increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate
- to become larger at a particular point; curve out; bulge; protrude; specif., to become distended from an abnormal accumulation of fluid in bodily tissue, as from infection or injury
- to extend beyond or above the normal or surrounding level
- to form swells, or large waves: said of the sea
- to be or become filled (with pride, indignation, self-importance, etc.)
- to increase within a person, as a feeling: the anger swelling in him
- to increase in size, force, intensity, degree, etc.: membership swelled to a thousand
- to increase in volume or loudness
Origin of swellMiddle English swellen from Old English swellan; akin to German schwellen, Old Norse svella
- to cause to increase in size, volume, extent, degree, etc.
- to cause to bulge or protrude
- to fill with pride, indignation, etc.; inflate; puff
- to cause (a tone, chord, etc.) to increase in loudness
- a part that swells, bulge; curve; protuberance; specif.,
- a large wave that moves steadily without breaking
- a piece of rising ground; rounded hill or slope
- a swelling or being swollen
- an increase in size, amount, extent, degree, etc.
- a person who is strikingly stylish, esp. in dress
- a person of social prominence
- an increase in loudness of sound
- a gradual increase in volume (crescendo), usually followed by a gradual decrease (decrescendo)
- a device for controlling the loudness of tones, as in an organ
- Informal stylish; very fashionable
- Slang first-rate; excellent: a generalized epithet of approval
Origin of swellME swelle, tumid, proud
verbswelled, swelled, or swol·len swell·ing, swells
- To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
- a. To increase in force, size, number, or degree: Membership in the club swelled.b. To grow in loudness or intensity: “The din in front swelled to a tremendous chorus” ( Stephen Crane )
- To bulge out, as a sail.
- a. To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.b. To rise in swells, as the sea.
- a. To be or become filled or puffed up, as with pride, arrogance, or anger.b. To rise from within: Rage swelled within me.
- To cause to increase in volume, size, number, degree, or intensity: The governor's full public disclosure only swelled the chorus of protests.
- To fill with emotion.
- a. The act or process of swelling.b. The condition of being swollen.
- A swollen part; a bulge or protuberance.
- A long wave on water that moves continuously without breaking.
- A rise in the land; a rounded elevation.
- Informal One who is fashionably dressed or socially prominent: society swells.
- Music a. A crescendo followed by a gradual diminuendo.b. The sign indicating such a crescendo.c. A device on an instrument, such as an organ or harpsichord, for regulating volume.
adjectiveswell·er, swell·est Informal
- Fashionably elegant; stylish.
- Excellent; wonderful: had a swell time.
Origin of swellMiddle English swellen from Old English swellan
(third-person singular simple present swells, present participle swelling, simple past swelled, past participle swollen or swelled)
- (intransitive) To become bigger, especially due to being engorged.
- To cause to become bigger.
- Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.
- (intransitive) To grow gradually in force or loudness.
- The organ music swelled.
- To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate.
- to be swelled with pride or haughtiness
- (intransitive) To be raised to arrogance.
- To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
- To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant.
- swelling words; a swelling style
- To protuberate; to bulge out.
- A cask swells in the middle.
(usually not comparable; nonstandard comparative sweller, superlative swellest)
- (informal, now somewhat dated or ironic) Excellent.
From Middle English swellen, from Old English swellan (“to swell"), from Proto-Germanic *swellanÄ… (“to swell"), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old Frisian swella, Low German swellen, Dutch zwellen (“to swell"), German schwellen (“to swell"), Swedish svÃ¤lla (“to swell"), Icelandic svella.
- A long series of ocean waves, generally produced by wind, and lasting after the wind has ceased.
- (music) A gradual crescendo followed by diminuendo.
- (music) A device for controlling the volume of a pipe organ.
- (music) A division in a pipe organ, usually the largest enclosed division.
- A hillock or similar raised area of terrain.
- (informal) A person who is dressed in a fancy or elegant manner.
- (informal) A person of high social standing; an important person.
From the above verb.