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Swollow vs. Swallow: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on March 8, 2024
"Swollow" is an incorrect spelling, while "Swallow" is correct. "Swallow" refers to either a bird species or the act of ingesting something through the throat.

Which is correct: Swollow or Swallow

How to spell Swallow?

Swollow is Incorrect

Swallow is Correct


Key Differences

Remember that "swallow" shares letters with "wall," helping to recall the correct 'w-a-l' sequence.
Associate the action of swallowing with the 'allow' part in the correct spelling.
Visualize a swallow (bird) flying over a wall to link the imagery with the correct spelling.
Recall that "swollow" sounds like "hollow," which is incorrect for either the bird or the action.
The correct spelling has the same 'a' as in "all," unlike "swollow."

Correct usage of Swallow

Swollow the wrong pill can have bad consequences.
Swallow the wrong pill can have bad consequences.
The bird swollowed the seed whole.
The bird swallowed the seed whole.
He tried to swollow his pride and apologize.
He tried to swallow his pride and apologize.
It's hard to swollow that story he told us.
It's hard to swallow that story he told us.
She couldn't swollow her food because her throat was sore.
She couldn't swallow her food because her throat was sore.

Swallow Definitions

To accept or endure an unpleasant situation.
She had to swallow her pride and apologize.
The quantity of something that is swallowed in one gulp.
He took a small swallow of water.
To cause food or drink to pass from the mouth to the stomach.
He had to swallow his food quickly due to being late.
A small, migratory bird with long, pointed wings and a forked tail.
The barn swallow soared gracefully across the sky.
To suppress or hold back a reaction or emotion.
He swallowed his anger and remained calm.
To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
To put up with (something unpleasant)
Swallowed the insults and kept on working.

Swallow Sentences

After his defeat, he had to swallow his pride and congratulate the winner.
The bird will swallow the worm in one quick motion.
It's fascinating how snakes can swallow their prey whole.
She had to swallow her fear and speak in front of the class.
When you swallow your food, make sure to chew it well first.
To stay healthy, it's important not to swallow too much sugar.
It's rude to talk with your mouth full; please swallow first.
The medicine is easier to swallow if you take it with water.
Can you swallow a piece of gum by accident?
Sometimes you have to swallow your words to keep the peace.
You should never swallow toothpaste; always spit it out.
Birds swallow stones to help grind up food in their stomachs.
It's a tough pill to swallow when you realize you've been wrong.
The idea was difficult for him to swallow, but he eventually accepted it.
Swallow your gum and you might end up with a stomachache.
She taught her little brother how to swallow pills with yogurt.
He had to swallow his anger and respond calmly.
I find it hard to swallow oysters because of their texture.
The magician made it seem like he could swallow a sword.
If you swallow air while eating, you might get hiccups.
To be a good listener, sometimes you just have to swallow your objections.
Fish swallow water to move forward.
The whale can swallow thousands of gallons of water in a single gulp.
Cats sometimes swallow their toys, so you have to be careful.
During the race, she had to swallow her disappointment and keep running.

Swallow Idioms & Phrases

Swallow up

To engulf or consume completely.
The small shop was swallowed up by the large corporation.

Swallow hook, line, and sinker

To believe something completely or be completely deceived.
He fell for the scam, swallowing it hook, line, and sinker.

Swallow one's laughter

To try not to laugh.
During the serious meeting, it was hard to swallow my laughter.

A bitter pill to swallow

A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
Losing the championship was a bitter pill to swallow for the team.

Easy to swallow

Easy to accept or believe.
The explanation was logical and easy to swallow.

Swallow one's anger

To suppress or hold back one's anger.
She had to swallow her anger and respond diplomatically.

Swallow one's words

To take back what one has said, usually because it was wrong or inappropriate.
After the truth came out, she had to swallow her words.

Hard to swallow

Difficult to believe or accept.
The excuse he gave was really hard to swallow.

Swallow one's disappointment

To accept disappointment without letting it show.
Even though she didn't win, she swallowed her disappointment and congratulated the winner.

Swallow the bait

To be easily fooled or enticed into a trap.
The criminals offered him a deal, and he swallowed the bait.

Swallow one's doubts

To set aside doubts and proceed with confidence.
She swallowed her doubts and submitted her application.

Swallow one's fear

To overcome or suppress one's fear.
Before the performance, he swallowed his fear and walked onto the stage.

To not swallow one's words

To stand by what one has said, regardless of the consequences.
He was determined not to swallow his words, even under pressure.

To make a swallow of it

To accept an unpleasant situation without complaining.
He didn't like the decision but made a swallow of it for the team's sake.

Swallow one's saliva

To prepare oneself for something difficult or unpleasant.
He swallowed his saliva before delivering the bad news.

Swallow a fly

To accidentally ingest something undesirable.
I was talking too much during the hike and swallowed a fly.

To have to swallow one's own medicine

To suffer the consequences of one's own actions.
After teasing his brother about losing, he had to swallow his own medicine when he lost himself.

To swallow a story

To believe a story without questioning it.
They swallowed his story without asking for any evidence.

Swallow the moon

To have grand, often unattainable ambitions.
He's always dreaming big, trying to swallow the moon.


Why is it called swallow?

Swallow is called so due to the action of drawing something down the throat.

What is the root word of swallow?

The root word of "swallow" is the Old English "swelgan."

What is the verb form of swallow?

The verb form is "swallow," as in "to swallow something."

Which vowel is used before swallow?

The vowel "a" is used before the 'llow' in swallow.

Which article is used with swallow?

The indefinite article "a" or the definite article "the" can be used with swallow.

Is swallow an abstract noun?

No, swallow is a concrete noun when referring to a bird and a verb otherwise.

What is the singular form of swallow?

The singular form is "swallow."

Is swallow an adverb?

No, swallow is not an adverb.

What is the pronunciation of swallow?

Swallow is pronounced as /ˈswɑː.loʊ/.

Is swallow a negative or positive word?

Swallow is neutral; its connotation depends on context.

Which conjunction is used with swallow?

Conjunctions like "and" or "but" can be used (e.g., swallow and breathe, swallow but don't chew).

Is swallow a countable noun?

Yes, when referring to the bird, swallow is a countable noun.

What is the plural form of swallow?

The plural form is "swallows."

What is a stressed syllable in swallow?

The first syllable, "swal," is stressed.

What is the first form of swallow?

The first form is "swallow."

What is the second form of swallow?

The second form is "swallowed."

Which preposition is used with swallow?

Prepositions like "down" or "up" can be used with swallow (e.g., swallow down, swallow up).

Is swallow a collective noun?

No, swallow is not typically used as a collective noun.

Is swallow a noun or adjective?

Swallow is both a noun and a verb, not an adjective.

Is swallow a vowel or consonant?

Swallow is a word, not a vowel or consonant.

Is the word swallow imperative?

It can be, as in the command "Swallow your food."

What is another term for swallow?

Ingest or consume can be synonyms for the verb form; for the bird, there's no direct synonym.

What is the third form of swallow?

The third form is also "swallowed."

How is swallow used in a sentence?

"The patient was advised to swallow the medicine with water."

Is the swallow term a metaphor?

Swallow can be used metaphorically, especially in its verb form.

How many syllables are in swallow?

Swallow has two syllables.

How do we divide swallow into syllables?

Swallow is divided as swal-low.

What part of speech is swallow?

Swallow is both a noun and a verb.

What is the opposite of swallow?

The opposite can be "spit out" or "regurgitate" for the verb form.

Which determiner is used with swallow?

Determiners like "a," "the," or "my" can be used with swallow.
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