welsh

verb
\ ˈwelsh How to pronounce welsh (audio) , ˈwelch How to pronounce welsh (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈwelch How to pronounce welsh (audio) \
welshed also welched; welshing also welching; welshes also welches

Definition of welsh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 informal + sometimes offensive : to avoid payment used with on
2 informal + sometimes offensive : to break one's word : renege

Welsh

noun
\ ˈwelsh How to pronounce Welsh (audio) , ˈwelch How to pronounce Welsh (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Welch \ ˈwelch How to pronounce Welsh (audio) \

Definition of Welsh (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the Celtic language of the Welsh people
2 plural in construction : the natives or inhabitants of Wales

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Other Words from welsh

Verb

welsher noun, informal + now sometimes offensive

Noun

Welsh or less commonly Welch adjective

First Known Use of welsh

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for welsh

Verb

probably from Welsh, adjective

Noun

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

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“Welsh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welsh. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Welsh

adjective
\ ˈwelsh How to pronounce Welsh (audio) \

Kids Definition of Welsh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Wales or the people of Wales

Welsh

noun

Kids Definition of Welsh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the people of Wales

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