verb (used with object)

to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.

verb (used without object)

to be marked with or develop welts.

Origin of welt

1375–1425; late Middle English welte, walt shoemaker's welt, Old English wælt (thigh) sinew
Related formsun·welt·ed, adjective
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Related Words for welt

scar, bruise, stripe, contusion, streak, wale, ridge, mouse, weal, wound, injury, wheal

Examples from the Web for welt

Contemporary Examples of welt

Historical Examples of welt

  • "I'd probably hit him a welt and he'd go off bawlin' like a calf," he communed with himself.

  • He might chance to strike where no words would efface the welt.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • Waldo was thinking of his father as he strode down the pass with that welt on his cheek.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • Oncus -i: a welt: applied to welt-like ridges on caterpillars.

  • Then if he monkeyed too much, why—I could welt him well after.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for welt



a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
another word for weal 1
(in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper

verb (tr)

to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
to beat or flog soundly

Word Origin for welt

C15: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for welt

early 15c., a shoemaker's term, perhaps related to Middle English welten "to overturn, roll over" (c.1300), from Old Norse velta "to roll" (related to welter (v.)). Meaning "ridge on the skin from a wound" is first recorded 1800.

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welt in Medicine




A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.
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