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[welch, welsh] /wɛltʃ, wɛlʃ/
verb (used without object), Informal.
Related forms
welcher, noun Unabridged
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  • 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


a variant spelling of welsh
Derived Forms
welcher, noun


an archaic spelling of Welsh1
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Word Origin and History for welched



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.

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welched in Medicine

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

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

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