One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object And with object. To swell excessively.
2with object Especially of a body of water: to swell so as to spill over or beyond (a bank, barrier, limit, etc.). Also occasionally without object. Now rare (poetic in later use).
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Image of Idlenesse. From over- + swell.
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