- a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
- a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
- a strip, as of leather, set in between the outsole of a shoe and the edges of its insole and upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
- a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
- a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
- a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.
- 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.
- to be marked with or develop welts.
Origin of welt
Related Words for weltscar, bruise, stripe, contusion, streak, wale, ridge, mouse, weal, wound, injury, wheal
Examples from the Web for welt
Contemporary Examples of welt
I can already feel the welt rising up, the swelling closing my eye.Come On, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Can Handle More Violence
November 29, 2013
Historical Examples of welt
"I'd probably hit him a welt and he'd go off bawlin' like a calf," he communed with himself.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
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
Oncus -i: a welt: applied to welt-like ridges on caterpillars.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Then if he monkeyed too much, why—I could welt him well after.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
- 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
- to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
- to beat or flog soundly
Word Origin 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.
- A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.