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welsh

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verb \ˈwelsh, ˈwelch\

Definition of welsh

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 sometimes offensive :  to avoid payment —used with on

  3. 2 sometimes offensive :  to break one's word :  renege

welsher noun, sometimes offensive


Variants of welsh

also welch play \ˈwelch\

Origin of welsh

probably from Welsh, adjective


First Known Use: 1905


Welsh

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noun \ˈwelsh, ˈwelch\

Simple Definition of Welsh

  • : the language of the Welsh people

  • the Welsh : the people of Wales

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Welsh

  1. 1 :  the Celtic language of the Welsh people

  2. 2 plural in construction :  the natives or inhabitants of Wales

  3. 3 :  welsh pony

Welsh also Welch adjective

Variants of welsh

also Welch play \ˈwelch\

Origin of welsh

Middle English Walsche, Welsse, from walisch, welisch, adjective, Welsh, from Old English wælisc, welisc foreign, British, Welsh, from Old English Wealh foreigner, Briton, Welshman, of Celtic origin; akin to the source of Latin Volcae, a Celtic people of southeastern Gaul


First Known Use: before 12th century

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WELSH Defined for Kids

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Welsh

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adjective \ˈwelsh\

Definition of Welsh for Students

  1. :  of or relating to Wales or the people of Wales




2

Welsh

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noun

Definition of Welsh for Students

  1. :  the people of Wales




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