Ernest Hemingway's correspondence is expected to swell to a staggering 12 volumes.
Irene moved through fast enough that there was some swell left over after the wind died.
Toff, (slang) n: a person of the upper classes; a swell, dandy; a good sort.
Things went just swell when you, Congress, funneled millions of dollars through our army and intelligence services, the ISI.
They helped shape the style of American women as much as the swell set.
Thus a man who is noted for his dress is a "swell," a "dude," or a "sport."
Far away through the forest might be heard its musical clangor and swell.
The burning sand had blistered my feet, and caused my legs to swell.
Leave room for it to swell, but secure it firmly, so that no water can get in.
"Vox Angelica is that lovely soft stop in the swell," said Johan.
Old English swellan "grow or make bigger" (past tense sweall, past participle swollen), from Proto-Germanic *swelnanan (cf. Old Saxon swellan, Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, Middle Dutch swellen, Dutch zwellen, Old High German swellan, German schwellen), of unknown origin.
early 13c., "a morbid swelling," from swell (v.). In reference to a rise of the sea, it is attested from c.1600. The meaning "wealthy, elegant person" is first recorded 1786; hence the adjectival meaning "fashionably dressed or equipped" (1810), both from the notion of "puffed-up, pompous" behavior. The sense of "good, excellent" first occurs 1897, and as a stand-alone expression of satisfaction it is recorded from 1930 in American English.
Excellent; wonderful; superb: The hotels are swell/ He was a hell of a swell fellow (1888+)
: The new owners have treated me swell (1920s+)
[perhaps fr the late 18th-century phrase cut a swell, ''swagger,'' describing the behavior of a person who swells with arrogance]