informal : extremely muscular : having a physique enhanced by bodybuilding exercises
Mark Wahlberg's swole body should be motivation to hit the gym—at least until you quit your New Year's resolution in 3 weeks …TMZ
often used with get
If you don't take a photo of yourself after you've spent at least 45 minutes trying to get swole, did you even work out?Hope Schreiber

Examples of swole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of our ancestors had extremely swole leg muscles By Sara Kiley Watson Human lineage split from chimpanzees (are our closest living relatives today) about seven million years ago, but early, primitive primates were evolving around 55 million years ago. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 Instagram posts have appeared with images of your swole bod. Steven Levy, WIRED, 14 July 2023 My main objective wasn’t to get swole, but the lack of growth still bummed me out. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 27 June 2023 Gotta get those shoveling muscles swole. Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 Jackman has been playing the character of Wolverine for over 20 years, beginning with the 2000 movie X-Men, and his physique throughout that franchise has changed considerably—as have audience expectations regarding just how swole a leading man should be. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 19 Mar. 2023 Austin’s foil: McMahon himself, whose onscreen presence morphed from that of an excitable host with square-dad energy to that of a swaggering, scowling, uncannily swole, and evil boss whose employees provided cathartic comeuppance. Dan Greene, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2023 The swole sentinel manning the door tries to turn her away until Roxy creates a tiny lightning bolt between her thumb and index finger. Joshua Alston, Variety, 30 Mar. 2023 But more important than all that is the fact that I’m ripped, yoked, jacked, and swole, brother! Eric Farwell, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


from earlier sense "swollen," regional and African American variant of swollen, past participle of swell entry 1

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swole was in 1988

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Cite this Entry

“Swole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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