Definition for swollen

Origin: bef. 900; ME swellen (v.), OE swellan; c. D zwellen, G schwellen, ON svella; akin to Goth ufswalleins pride

  • - definitions
    1. bloated: abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas; "hungry children with bloated stomachs"; "he had a grossly distended stomach"; "eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids"; "swollen hands"; "tumescent tissue"; "puffy tumid flesh"
    2. distended: abnormally expanded or increased in size; ('swollen' is sometimes used in combination); "distended wineskins"; "the need to clean out swollen inventories"; "the raisins were plump and soft and swollen from being soaked"; "huge blood-swollen mosquitoes",conceited: characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes" flooding: overfull with water; "swollen rivers and creeks",To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
  • - adjective
    1. enlarged by or as by swelling; puffed up; tumid.
    2. turgid or bombastic.
  • - verb (used with object):
    1. a pp. of swell.
  • - verb (used without object):
    1. To increase in force, size, number, or degree: Membership in the club swelled.
    2. To grow in loudness or intensity: "The din in front swelled to a tremendous chorus" (Stephen Crane).
    3. To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.
    4. To rise in swells, as the sea.
    5. To be or become filled or puffed up, as with pride, arrogance, or anger.
    6. To rise from within: Rage swelled within me.
    7. To bulge out, as a sail.

* Unabridged (V1.1)