(noun, adjective, verb)


1. very good

Similar word(s): good, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, old, peachy, smashing


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

Definition categories: event, wave

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

Definition categories: object, elevation

3. a crescendo followed by a decrescendo

Definition categories: attribute, crescendo

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

Similar word(s): beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik

Definition categories: person, man


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

- The music swelled to a crescendo

Definition categories: change, increase

2. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger

- The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son

Definition categories: social, act, behave, do

3. expand abnormally

- The bellies of the starving children are swelling

Similar word(s): intumesce, tumefy, tumesce

Definition categories: change, expand

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

- Smoke swelled from it

Definition categories: stative, arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, uprise

5. come up, as of a liquid

Similar word(s): well

Definition categories: motion, rise, surface

6. cause to become swollen

- The water swells the wood

Definition categories: change, grow

Sentences with swell as a verb:

- Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.

- The organ music swelled.

- to be swelled with pride or haughtiness

- swelling words; a swelling style

- A cask swells in the middle.