Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The word "swell" has two prime descriptions. One is a term of growth, the other is a descriptive slang term. In the latter slang description of the word teachers of proper English shy away from using the word in that particular manner.

Swell: to rise in waves, as the sea. A wave, especially when long and unbroken, or a series of such waves.

Swell: to increase abnormally in size, as by inflation, distention, accumulation of fluids, injury or the like: Her ankles swelled from standing.

Swell: to puff up with pride.

 Swell: to cause to increase gradually in loudness: to swell a musical tone.

 Swell: Stylish, elegant, fashionably dressed, first rate, fine: a swell party


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