Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

welch

[welch, welsh] /wɛltʃ, wɛlʃ/
verb (used without object), Informal.
1.
Related forms
welcher, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for welched
Historical Examples
  • Deliberately, he had welched on his promise to clear the Cubs!

  • A grub-stake's a grub-stake, an' no one iver yit said Patsy Kelliher welched on a bargain.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • And I'll be welched if Danvers didn't dig a wooden pail out of that hat-case and hand it over.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for welched

welch

/wɛlʃ/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of welsh
Derived Forms
welcher, noun

Welch

/wɛlʃ/
adjective
1.
an archaic spelling of Welsh1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for welched

welch

v.

1857, racing slang, "to refuse or avoid payment of money laid as a bet," probably a disparaging use of the national name Welsh. Related: Welched; welching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
welched in Medicine

Welch (wělch, wělsh), William Henry. 1850-1934.

American pathologist and bacteriologist who discovered the bacteria that causes gas gangrene.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for welch

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for welched

16
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for welched