[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. wells' syndrome,
  2. wells, h. g.,
  3. wells, henry,
  4. wellspring,
  5. welly,
  6. wels,
  7. welsbach burner,
  8. welsbach mantle,
  9. welsh,
  10. welsh black

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.

Can be confusedwelp 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