v. swelled, swol•len swelled, swell•ing,
1) pat to enlarge in bulk, as by growth, absorption of fluid, or engorgement
2) pat (of a body part or area) to enlarge abnormally without growth of tissue
3) to rise in waves, as the sea
4) to well up, as a spring or as tears
5) to bulge out, as a sail
6) to grow in amount, degree, force, etc
7) to increase gradually in volume or intensity, as sound
8) to arise and grow within one, as a feeling or emotion
9) to become puffed up with pride
10) to cause to grow in bulk
11) to cause to increase gradually in loudness:
to swell a musical tone[/ex]
12) to cause to bulge out or be protuberant
13) to increase in amount, degree, force, etc
14) to affect with a strong, expansive emotion
15) to puff up with pride
16) pat the act of swelling or the condition of being swollen
17) pat inflation or distention
18) a protuberant part
19) oce a wave, esp. when long and unbroken, or a series of such waves
20) a gradually rising elevation of the land
21) an increase in amount, degree, force, etc
22) a gradual increase in loudness of sound
a) mad a gradual increase and then decrease in musical volume
b) mad the sign (<>) for indicating this
c) mad a device, as in an organ, by which the loudness of tones may be varied
24) a swelling of emotion within one
25) sts Informal.
a) a fashionably dressed person; dandy
b) a socially prominent person
26) inf (of things) stylish; elegant
27) inf (of persons) fashionably dressed or socially prominent
28) inf first-rate; fine
Etymology: bef. 900; ME (v.), OE swellan, c. OFris swella, OOHGswellan, ON svella; akin to Go ufswalleins pride

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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