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swellelegant

Slang definitions & phrases for swellelegant

swell

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; superb: The hotels are swell/ He was a hell of a swell fellow (1888+)

adverb

: The new owners have treated me swell (1920s+)

noun
  1. A stylish and well-groomed person; dude (1786+)
  2. A wealthy, elegant person; a socialite; nob: up on the hill where the swells live (1786+)

[perhaps fr the late 18th-century phrase cut a swell, ''swagger,'' describing the behavior of a person who swells with arrogance]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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