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welter

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[ wel-ter ]
/ ˈwɛl tər /
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verb (used without object)
to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.
to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud.
to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood.
to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair.
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Origin of welter

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, frequentative (see -er6) of welten “to roll,” Old English weltan; cognate with Middle Dutch welteren, Low German weltern “to roll”

Other definitions for welter (2 of 2)

welter2
[ wel-ter ]
/ ˈwɛl tər /

noun
Informal. a welterweight boxer or wrestler.
adjective
(of a steeplechase or hurdle race) pertaining to, or noting a race in which the horses bear welterweights.

Origin of welter

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First recorded in 1785–95; of uncertain origin; perhaps from welt in the sense “to beat soundly” + -er1, or welter1 in the sense “a rolling or tossing about”
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British Dictionary definitions for welter

welter
/ (ˈwɛltə) /

verb (intr)
to roll about, writhe, or wallow
(esp of the sea) to surge, heave, or toss
to lie drenched in a liquid, esp blood
noun
a rolling motion, as of the sea
a confused mass; jumble

Word Origin for welter

C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch weltern; related to Old High German walzan, welzen to roll
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