US: /ˈswɛɫ/
UK: /swˈɛl/

English Vietnamese dictionary

swell /swel/
  • tính từ
    • (thông tục) đặc sắc, cử, trội
      • a swell pianist: một người chơi pianô cừ
    • sang, quần là áo lượt, bảnh bao, diêm dúa
      • to look very swell: trông rất bảnh bao, trông rất diêm dúa
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (thông tục) rất tốt
      • a swell guy: anh chàng rất tốt
  • danh từ
    • chỗ lồi ra, chỗ phình ra, chỗ cao lên, chỗ gồ lên, chỗ sưng lên
      • the swell of the ground: chỗ đất cao, chỗ đất gồ lên
    • chỗ lên bổng (trong bài hát)
    • sóng biển động, sóng cồn (sau cơn bảo)
    • (thông tục) người cừ, người giỏi
      • a swell in mathematics: tay cừ toán
    • (thông tục) người ăn mặc sang trọng, người ăn mặc bảnh; kẻ tai to mặt lớn, ông lớn, bà lớn
      • what a swell you are!: cậu ăn mặc bảnh quá!
      • the swells: những người quần là áo lượt; những kẻ tai to mặt lớn
  • nội động từ swelled; swelled, swollen
    • phồng lên, sưng lên, to lên, căng ra
      • injured wrist swells up: chỗ cổ tay bị thương sưng lên
      • ground swells into an eminence: đất cao dần lên thành một mô đất
      • heart swells: trái tim tưởng như vỡ ra vì xúc động
      • the sails swell out: buồm căng ra
  • ngoại động từ
    • làm phình lên, làm phồng lên, làm sưng lên, làm nở ra, làm to ra
      • river swollen with the rain: nước sông lên to vì trời mưa
      • wind swells the sails: gió làm căng buồm
      • items swell the total: nhiều khoản chi tiêu làm tăng tổng số
      • expenditure swollen by extravagance: tiền chi phí tăng lên vì phung phí
    • to swell like a turkey-cock
      • vênh vênh váo váo, lên mặt tay đây
    • to swell with indignation
      • tức điên người
    • to swell with pride
      • kiêu căng

Advanced English dictionary

verb, noun, adjective
+ verb (swelled or, swelled, swelled)
1 [V] ~ (up) to become bigger or rounder: Her arm was beginning to swell up where the bee had stung her. + Bacteria can cause gums to swell and bleed. + Cook the lentils for 20 minutes until they swell and soften.
2 ~ (sth) (out) to curve or make sth curve outwards: [V] The sails swelled (out) in the wind. + [VN] The wind swelled (out) the sails.
3 ~ (sth) (to sth) to increase or make sth increase in number or size: [VN] Last year's profits were swelled by a fall in production costs. + Crowds of commuters were swelled by Christmas shoppers. + We are looking for more volunteers to swell the ranks (= increase the number) of those already helping. + [V] Membership has swelled to over 20 000.
4 [V] (of a sound) to become louder: The cheering swelled through the hall.
5 [V] ~ (with sth) to be filled with a strong emotion: to swell with pride / joy + Her heart swelled as she turned to face him.
See also - SWOLLEN
+ noun
1 [C, usually sing.] the movement of the sea when it rises and falls without the waves breaking: The boat was caught in a heavy (= strong) swell.
2 [sing.] (written) the curved shape of sth, especially a part of the body: the firm swell of her breasts
3 [sing.] a situation in which sth increases in size, number, strength, etc: a growing swell of support + a swell of panic / pride
4 [sing.] (of music or noise) a gradual increase in the volume of sth
5 (old-fashioned, informal) an important or fashionable person
+ adjective (old-fashioned, AmE, informal) very good, enjoyable, etc: We had a swell time.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 Often, swell out or up. grow, increase, enlarge, expand, blow or puff up or out, distend, inflate, dilate, wax; mushroom, belly, balloon, bloat, bulge, billow, fatten, rise, tumefy:
After cooking, the mixture swells to twice its original volume.
2 grow, increase, mushroom, snowball, accumulate, mount:
Forgotten for years, her savings had swelled to become a small fortune.
3 increase, raise, augment, enlarge, boost, step up:
Something must be done to swell the number of recruits.
4 enlargement, broadening, increase, extension, spread, swelling, inflation, expansion, rise, surge:
Have you noted the swell in popularity of health foods?
5 wave, surge, billow:
As we rose to the top of each swell, we could see the shore.
6 fop, dandy, gay blade, fashion plate, Beau Brummell, Archaic coxcomb, Historical macaroni, Colloq clothes-horse, US fancy Dan, Slang nob, Archaic lounge lizard, Brit toff:
He frequented the clubs populated by the other London swells.
7 smart, chic, stylish, fashionable, modish, grand, luxurious, de luxe, elegant, first-rate, first-class, top-grade, Colloq posh, swank, swanky, ritzy:
Charlie always took Diane to the swellest places.
8 marvellous, thrilling, splendid, spectacular, first-rate, fine, Colloq great, super, terrific:
I really had a swell time at your party.

Collocation dictionary

1 movement of the surface of the sea


heavy | gentle, slight | 10-foot, 20-foot, etc. | Atlantic, ocean
bobbing up and down like a small boat in a heavy ocean swell


break, come/roll in, lift sb/sth, surge up
The Atlantic swell surged up under them.


in a/the ~
The trawler rolled wildly in the heavy swell.
| on/with the ~
The boat rose and fell with the swell.

2 curve in sth


firm, gentle, soft, warm


~ of
the gentle swell of her breasts


His sprained ankle had swollen badly.
| slightly | up
Her feet swelled up after the long walk to the top of the hill.


Her legs had swollen with the heat.

Concise English dictionary

+the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
+a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
+a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
+a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
+increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
+become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
+expand abnormally
+come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
+come up, as of a liquid
+cause to become swollen
+very good