welsh

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verb \ˈwelsh, ˈwelch\
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Definition of welsh

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

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

welsher

noun, informal, now sometimes offensive

Origin and Etymology of welsh

probably from Welsh, adjective


First Known Use: 1871


Welsh

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noun \ˈwelsh, ˈwelch\
variants: or less commonly

Welch

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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

or less commonly

Welch

adjective

Origin and Etymology 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 Celt 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 English Language Learners


Welsh

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noun \ˈwelsh, ˈwelch\

Definition of Welsh for English Language Learners

  • : the language of the Welsh people

  • the Welsh : the people of Wales


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


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Welsh

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Definition of Welsh for Students

  1. :  the people of Wales


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