- 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
Examples from the Web for welts
They were first beaten with a tire iron, and then the guards rubbed chili powder on their welts.Will Her Unborn Child Save Her?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 21, 2009
Of course, every man-jack of us had lumps and welts and cuts, and there were some bones broken.Plain Mary Smith
Henry Wallace Phillips
As they laid on quickly the welts and bloody stripes appeared.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
Of our socks it could be said that the welts were good; the toes and heels had perished of overwork.With Our Army in Palestine
But the backs of his legs were so seamed with welts that he could not walk.Ted Strong in Montana
Edward C. Taylor
It left Blue Blazes ridged with welts, trembling, fright sickened.Horses Nine
- 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 and History for welts
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.