verb (used without object) Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
- welsbach burner,
- welsbach mantle,
- welsh black,
- welsh corgi,
- welsh dresser,
- welsh harp,
- welsh mountain
Origin of welsh
Examples from the Web for welsher
The boy hung his head, but looked sulky rather than thankful for his brother's interference with himself and the welsher.
"Why, it is a fleecing of one," retorted the welsher savagely, even amid his successes.
Does the reader know what is a “welsher”—the creature against whose malpractices the sporting public are so emphatically warned?The Seven Curses of London|James Greenwood
Well, I tows her into the boss's office, feelin' as mean as a welsher.Torchy|Sewell Ford
Would you yourself, if you had chased a pickpocket or a welsher for half a mile, mistake his identity five minutes afterwards?The Art and Practice of Hawking|Edward B. Michell
verb (intr often foll by on) slang
Word Origin for welsh
Word Origin 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).