1. [late 18C+] an aristocrat, a sophisticated, stylish, rich person; thus fem. var. swelless.
2. [early 19C] a good time, a spree.
3. [early 19C–1910s] the outstanding member of any profession or occupation; or fine example of an object.
4. [mid-19C–1900s] used ironically as one who unsuccessfully emulates the style and manners of sense 1.
5. [1920s] (US) a good-looking young woman.
1. [mid-19C–1910s] fashionably dressed; of clothes, fashionable; also as adv., fashionably.
2. [19C–1910s] aristocratic, upper-class; characteristic of a gentleman.
3. [1920s] pleasing.
[mid–late 19C] (Aus.) champagne.
see separate entry.
[1930s] to spend extravagantly.
[19C] to swagger.
[mid-19C] a rich or ostentatious man given to wearing quantities of jewellery.
[late 19C] to behave or pose as an aristocrat or a rich man.