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From Middle English bolnen, bollen, from Old Norse bólgna, from Old Norse bolginn (swollen), past participle of a verb represented by Old English belgan (to swell). Compare Swedish bulna (to swell, be swollen), Danish bolne (to swell, be swollen). Related to belly, bellows.


boln (comparative more boln, superlative most boln)

  1. (obsolete) swollen; puffed out
    • Ben Jonson
      Thin, and boln out like a sail.


boln (third-person singular simple present bolns, present participle bolning, simple past and past participle bolned)

  1. (obsolete) To swell; to puff.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for boln in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)