Definition of swell adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//swel//
; NAmE NAmE//swel//
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(old-fashioned, North American English, informal) very good, enjoyable, etc. We had a swell time. Word OriginOld English swellan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German schwellen. Current senses of the noun date from the early 16th cent.; the informal adjectival use derives from noun sense (5) (late 18th cent.).
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