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  1. a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
  2. a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
  3. Shoemaking.
    1. 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.
    2. a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
  4. a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
  5. a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
  2. to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be marked with or develop welts.
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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 welted

thrash, chastise, smack, flog, clobber, trim, cane, clout, blip, lick, tan, whip, belt, hide, sock, paddle, cuff, punish, punch, buffet

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Historical Examples of welted

  • Also they should be capped, welted, split or serrated, and waterproofed.

    Fishing with Floating Flies

    Samuel G. Camp

  • Mr. Murphy then welted Lyons over the head with the judicial scales.


    Bill Nye

  • Besides, they welted both my brothers within an inch of their lives.'

  • Let you walk on now with your worn feet, and your welted knees, and your fasting, holy ways a thin pitiful arm.

  • Some welted, or hemmed the gloves round at the edge of the wrist; these were called "welters."

British Dictionary definitions for welted


  1. a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
  2. another word for weal 1
  3. (in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper
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verb (tr)
  1. to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
  2. to beat or flog soundly
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Word Origin for welt

C15: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for welted



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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welted in Medicine


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