[ welp ]

  1. an informal variant of well 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.

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How to use welp in a sentence

  • 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
  • I reckons they thinks they kin do the same wi' us—s'welp me, I do.'

    Pincher Martin, O.D. | H. Taprell Dorling
  • If you pass that door, s'welp me Gawd, I'll set the dog on yer.

    Simon the Jester | William J. Locke