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Jan 4, 2019
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Words to describe people

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fabulist
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rentier
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swellhead

swellhead
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with Anu Garg

swellhead

PRONUNCIATION:
(SWEL-hed)

MEANING:
noun: A vain, conceited person.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alluding to a person’s having a high opinion of themselves, as having a big swelled head. From swell, from Old English swellan + head, from Old English heafod (top of the body). Earliest documented use: 1845.

USAGE:
“Flynn’s Corbett, who has been an overbearing swellhead through most of the film, shows humility and compassion.”
Bob Bloom; History of CIA Brought to Life in ‘Good Shepherd’; Journal & Courier (Lafayette, Indiana); Mar 29, 2007.

See more usage examples of swellhead in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. -Max Eastman, journalist and poet (4 Jan 1883-1969)

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