- to cheat by failing to pay a gambling debt: You aren't going to welsh on me, are you?
- to go back on one's word: He welshed on his promise to help in the campaign.
Origin of welsh
- of or relating to Wales, its people, or their language.
Origin of Welsh
Examples from the Web for welsh
We have Matthew Rhys from The Americans as a Welsh separatist.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The royal couple then traveled on to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to watch a rugby match between Wales and Australia.Kate Middleton, the Preggers Fashion Princess
November 14, 2014
In 1984, a group of lesbian and gay activists joined forces with striking UK miners to help local Welsh communities.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
He'll be played by Grahame Fox, a journeyman Welsh actor who's appeared on the U.K. soap EastEnders and the TV series Casualty.Meet Game of Thrones’ Sexy New Season 4 Cast: The Red Viper, Porn Stars, and More
April 4, 2014
One young woman, when asked this question, looked me up and down intoned, in a slow, rural Welsh accent, “Back to the apes.”Richard Dawkins: How I Write
November 27, 2013
A Welsh rabbit, in the speech of the humorless, who point out that it is not a rabbit.The Devil's Dictionary
He is a curate—a Welsh curate;—you are yet Mr. Beaufort, a rich and a great man.Night and Morning, Complete
In time, he became one of the most famous scholars in Welsh history.
The Welsh people, by bloodless victory, have won the respect of all mankind.
At this point the channel is so broad that the Welsh mountains can scarcely be distinguished.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to fail to pay a gambling debt
- to fail to fulfil an obligation
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Wales, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
- a language of Wales, belonging to the S Celtic branch of the Indo-European family. Welsh shows considerable diversity between dialects
- the Welsh (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Wales collectively
- a white long-bodied lop-eared breed of pig, kept chiefly for bacon
Word Origin and History for welsh
Old English Wilisc, Wylisc (West Saxon), Welisc, Wælisc (Anglian and Kentish), from Wealh, Walh "Celt, Briton, Welshman, non-Germanic foreigner;" in Tolkien's definition, "common Gmc. name for a man of what we should call Celtic speech," but also applied to speakers of Latin, hence Old High German Walh, Walah "Celt, Roman, Gaulish," and Old Norse Valir "Gauls, Frenchmen" (Danish vælsk "Italian, French, southern"); from Proto-Germanic *Walkhiskaz, from a Celtic name represented by Latin Volcæ (Caesar) "ancient Celtic tribe in southern Gaul." The word survives in Wales, Cornwall, Walloon, walnut, and in surnames Walsh and Wallace. Borrowed in Old Church Slavonic as vlachu, and applied to the Rumanians, hence Wallachia.
Among the English, Welsh was used disparagingly of inferior or substitute things, hence Welsh rabbit (1725), also perverted by folk-etymology as Welsh rarebit (1785).