used informally like well (as to introduce a remark expressing resignation or disappointment)
Welp, if you were hoping for any chance of Game of Thrones coming back to our TV screens anytime soon, we hate to break the news but season 8 won't be returning until 2019.Rachel Epstein
Welp, that didn't take long. After just five plays, the 49ers got themselves into field goal range, setting up Robbie Gould for his sixth field goal attempt of the day. And like the other five, the sixth was good.Dana Sulonen

Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of welp was in 1987

Dictionary Entries Near welp

Cite this Entry

“Welp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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