[ welch, welsh ]
/ wɛltʃ, wɛlʃ /

verb (used without object) Informal.

Related formswelch·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for welched

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

British Dictionary definitions for welched (1 of 2)


/ (wɛlʃ) /


a variant spelling of welsh
Derived Formswelcher, noun

British Dictionary definitions for welched (2 of 2)


/ (wɛlʃ) /


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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Medicine definitions for welched


[ wĕlch, wĕlsh ]
William Henry 1850-1934

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