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Adjective: swollen  swow-lun
  1. Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary";
    - conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen-headed, vain, proud, puffed-up [informal], swellheaded [N. Amer, informal]
  2. Abnormally expanded, esp. by fluids or gas
    "swollen hands";
    - puffy, intumescent, tumescent, tumid, turgid, distended, bloated
Verb: swell (swelled,swollen)  swel
  1. Increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
    "The music swelled to a crescendo"
  2. Become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
    "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son";
    - puff up
  3. Expand abnormally
    "The bellies of the starving children are swelling";
    - swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce, puff
  4. Come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
    "Smoke swelled from it";
    - well up
  5. Come up, as of a liquid
    "Tears swell in her eyes";
    - well
  6. Cause to become swollen
    "The water swells the wood"

See also: proud, unhealthy

Type of: act, arise, behave, come up, develop, do, expand, grow, increase, originate, rise, rise up, spring up, surface, uprise

Encyclopedia: Swollen

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