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Meaning & Definition of Swell in English

English

Swell

/swɛl/

noun

1. The undulating movement of the surface of the open sea

    synonym:
  • swell
  • ,
  • crestless wave

2. A rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)

    synonym:
  • swell

3. A crescendo followed by a decrescendo

    synonym:
  • swell

4. A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

    synonym:
  • dandy
  • ,
  • dude
  • ,
  • fop
  • ,
  • gallant
  • ,
  • sheik
  • ,
  • beau
  • ,
  • swell
  • ,
  • fashion plate
  • ,
  • clotheshorse

verb

1. Increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity

  • "The music swelled to a crescendo"
    synonym:
  • swell

2. Become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger

  • "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
    synonym:
  • swell
  • ,
  • puff up

3. Expand abnormally

  • "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
    synonym:
  • swell
  • ,
  • swell up
  • ,
  • intumesce
  • ,
  • tumefy
  • ,
  • tumesce

4. Come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)

  • "Strong emotions welled up"
  • "Smoke swelled from it"
    synonym:
  • well up
  • ,
  • swell

5. Come up, as of a liquid

  • "Tears well in her eyes"
  • "The currents well up"
    synonym:
  • well
  • ,
  • swell

6. Cause to become swollen

  • "The water swells the wood"
    synonym:
  • swell

adjective

1. Very good

  • "He did a bully job"
  • "A neat sports car"
  • "Had a great time at the party"
  • "You look simply smashing"
    synonym:
  • bang-up
  • ,
  • bully
  • ,
  • corking
  • ,
  • cracking
  • ,
  • dandy
  • ,
  • great
  • ,
  • groovy
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • neat
  • ,
  • nifty
  • ,
  • not bad(p)
  • ,
  • peachy
  • ,
  • slap-up
  • ,
  • swell
  • ,
  • smashing

Examples of using

The toothache made his face swell up.