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welter

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verb, wel·ter \ˈwel-tər\

Definition of welter

welteredweltering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  writhe, toss; also :  wallow b :  to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves

  3. 2 :  to become deeply sunk, soaked, or involved

  4. 3 :  to be in turmoil



Did You Know?

Welter can be used both as a noun (meaning "turmoil" or "chaos") and a verb. Which part of speech is older? The verb. It has been part of English since at least the 1300s, while the earliest uses of the noun date from the late 1590s. Both noun and verb have roots related to Dutch and Germanic terms meaning "to roll," and both have found a place in English literature. The verb helps demonstrate extreme despair in the early Arthurian legend Morte Arthure ("He welterys, he wristeles, he wrynges hys handes!"), and in 1837 Thomas Carlyle used the noun in The French Revolution ("I leave the whole business in a frightful welter: … not one of them understands anything of government").

Origin of welter

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch welteren to roll, Old High German walzan, Lithuanian volioti, Latin volvere — more at voluble


First Known Use: 14th century


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welter

noun wel·ter

Definition of welter

  1. 1 :  a state of wild disorder :  turmoil

  2. 2 :  a chaotic mass or jumble <a bewildering welter of data>



1596

First Known Use of welter

1596


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welter

noun wel·ter

Definition of welter



1900

First Known Use of welter

1900

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WELTER Defined for Kids

welter

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noun wel·ter \ˈwel-tər\

Definition of welter for Students

  1. :  a confused jumble <He had too much to think about and felt lost in the bewildering welter of his thoughts. — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>





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