Swell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |swel|  American pronunciation of the word swell
Brit.  |swɛl|  British pronunciation of the word swell
irregular verb:  p.t. — swelled  p.p. — swollen


- the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
- a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
- a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
- a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance (syn: beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik)
- increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
- become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger (syn: puff up)
- expand abnormally (syn: tumefy)
- come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
- come up, as of a liquid (syn: well)
- cause to become swollen


- very good (syn: bang- up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, keen, neat, nifty, old, peachy, slap- up, smashing)


Her broken ankle swelled badly.

Heavy rains swelled the river.

The population has swelled in recent years.

The economy is swelling at an annual rate of five percent.

Immigrants have swelled the population.

The storm has brought high winds and heavy swells along the coast.

the swell of a pregnant woman's belly

That was a swell party.

...what a swell time we had at the country club dance...

A ground swell of support was built up.

I know you are a swell at that sort of thing.

She's swell, a real lady.

This disease of childhood makes the cheeks swell out.

The ranks of the unemployed are daily swelling.

Her ankle was already starting to swell.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: swell
he/she/it: swells
present participle: swelling
past tense: swelled
past participle: swollen
singular: swell
plural: swells
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