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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swollen mean? 

SWOLLEN (adjective)
  The adjective SWOLLEN has 4 senses:

1. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
2. abnormally expanded or increased in size; ('swollen' is sometimes used in combination)
3. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
4. overfull with water

  Familiarity information: SWOLLEN used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SWOLLEN (adjective)

Sense 1swollen [BACK TO TOP]


Abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas


bloated; distended; intumescent; puffed; swollen; tumescent; turgid; tumid; puffy

Context examples:

hungry children with bloated stomachs / he had a grossly distended stomach / eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids / swollen hands / tumescent tissue / puffy tumid flesh


unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)

Sense 2swollen [BACK TO TOP]


Abnormally expanded or increased in size; ('swollen' is sometimes used in combination)


distended; swollen

Context examples:

distended wineskins / the need to clean out swollen inventories / the raisins were plump and soft and swollen from being soaked / huge blood-swollen mosquitoes


expanded (increased in extent or size or bulk or scope)

Domain usage:

combining form (a bound form used only in compounds)

Sense 3swollen [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance


conceited; self-conceited; swollen-headed; vain; egotistic; egotistical; swollen

Context examples:

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


proud (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride)

Sense 4swollen [BACK TO TOP]


Overfull with water


overflowing; in flood; flooding; swollen

Context example:

swollen rivers and creeks


high (greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount)

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