welch

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/'wɛlʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/wɛltʃ, wɛlʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(welch, welsh)



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welch /wɛltʃ, wɛlʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. Informal Terms welsh.
welch•er, n. [countable]

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welch  (welch, welsh),USA pronunciation v.i. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termswelsh.
welcher, n. 

Welch  (welch, welsh),USA pronunciation adj., n. 
  1. Language VarietiesWelsh.

Welch  (welch, welsh),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. BiographicalJames, born 1940, U.S. poet and novelist.
  2. BiographicalJoseph Nye, 1890–1960, U.S. trial lawyer.
  3. BiographicalRobert, Jr., 1899–1985, U.S. candy manufacturer: founder of the John Birch Society 1958.
  4. BiographicalWilliam Henry, 1850–1934, U.S. medical pathologist and educator.

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welch /wɛlʃ/ vb
  1. a variant spelling of welsh
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welsh /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/USA pronunciation  also welch,  v. 
    [+ on +  obj][Often Offensive.]
  1. Informal Termsto fail to pay what is owed:He welshed on his debts.
  2. Informal Termsto go back on one's word.
welsh•er, n. [countable]

Welsh /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to Wales.
  2. of or relating to the language spoken by many of the people in Wales.

n. 
  1. [plural;  the + ~;
    used with a plural verb]
    the people born or living in Wales.
  2. [uncountable] the language spoken by many of the people in Wales.

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welsh  (welsh, welch),USA pronunciation  v.i. [Informal](sometimes offensive) .
  1. Informal Termsto cheat by failing to pay a gambling debt:You aren't going to welsh on me, are you?
  2. Informal Termsto go back on one's word:He welshed on his promise to help in the campaign.
Also,  welch.  welsher, n. 
  • perh. special use of Welsh 1855–60

Welsh  (welsh, welch),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Language Varietiesof or pertaining to Wales, its people, or their language.

n. 
  1. Language Varietiesthe inhabitants of Wales and their descendants elsewhere.
  2. Language VarietiesAlso called  Cymric, Kymric. the Celtic language of Wales.
  3. Animal Husbandryone of a white, lop-eared breed of swine of Welsh origin that produces a large amount of lean meat.
Also,  Welch. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English Welische, Old English Welisc, derivative of Walh Briton, foreigner (compare Latin Volcae a Gallic tribe); cognate with German welsch foreign, Italian

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Welch /wɛlʃ/ adj
  1. an archaic spelling of Welsh
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welsh, welch /wɛlʃ/ vb (intransitive) often followed by on: slang
  1. to fail to pay a gambling debt
  2. to fail to fulfil an obligation
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin

ˈwelsher, ˈwelcher n
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