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[welch, welsh]
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verb (used without object) Informal.
  1. welsh.
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Related formswelch·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Deliberately, he had welched on his promise to clear the Cubs!

    Dan Carter and the Cub Honor

    Mildred A. Wirt

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


    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


  1. a variant spelling of welsh
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Derived Formswelcher, noun


  1. an archaic spelling of Welsh 1
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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


(wĕlch, wĕlsh)William Henry 1850-1934
  1. American pathologist and bacteriologist who discovered the bacteria that causes gas gangrene.
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