welp

[ welp ]
/ wɛlp /

interjection Nonstandard.

an informal variant of well1 used to indicate disappointment, resignation, or acceptance at the beginning of an utterance: Welp, this might not work out for us after all.

Origin of welp

First recorded in 1945–50; form of well as an isolated or emphatic utterance, with an excrescent p representing closing of the lips, creating an unreleased labial stop; compare the parallel use of p in nope and yup.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH welp

welp whelp
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Examples from the Web for welp

  • I can not put myself in no dainger for you, Sir, nor won't hold back the truth, so welp me.

    Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu