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an old word that basically means fantastic, generally used by old people or hipsters to try to sound hip.
Clark: I think it's just swell!
Lois: Swell? You know, Clark, there are very few people left in the world these days who sound comfortable saying that word.
Clark Kent: What?
Lois Lane: "Swell".
Clark Kent: Really? It just sort of comes naturally to me.
by supmy December 16, 2011
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One who has a mania for music.
I am a melomaniac.
by Larstait November 14, 2003
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a word used to make one's self sound corny yet in a delightful and jolly way; can also be used to create heavy sarcasm through an optimistic sounding word
Jennie: hey, how's your ten page paper comin along?

Nick: oh, just...swell!

Jennie: you didnt start it did you?

Nick:...nope
by mariadabombp January 27, 2010
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A: Something that is going well / good
B: Liquid being pumped into something to increase its size (Most common use is blood in the muscles after a hard workout)
C: A gnarly wave
A: Hows your day been?
Just swell and yours?

B: Yo brah, im going to the gym to get my swell on, wanna join?

B: Dude, getting punched in the face made my eye swell up like a balloon.

C: Dude, tubular swells out on the north shore today.
by Frat-tastical Menace June 18, 2011
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From ye olde English, "'Tis well." Very popular in chatty movies of the 1930s, began to be used sarcastically in the '40s. Nowadays, totally passe (French for "over with.")
by Gedaliah August 21, 2006
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To be great, in a good mood. Can also refer to an inatimate object.
My penis is swell today

Your sister was swell lest night
by Colin The Cross-Dresser January 22, 2003
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