Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To swindle a person by not paying a debt or wager.
  • intransitive v. Informal To fail to fulfill an obligation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To swindle someone by not paying a debt, especially a gambling debt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Wales, or its inhabitants.
  • n. The language of Wales, or of the Welsh people.
  • n. The natives or inhabitants of Wales.
  • v. To cheat by avoiding payment of bets; -- said esp. of an absconding bookmaker at a race track.
  • v. To avoid dishonorably the fulfillment of a pecuniary obligation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foreign. See welshnut.
  • Relating or pertaining to Wales (a titular principality and a part of the island of Great Britain, opposite the southern part of Ireland), or to its people or its indigenous Cymric language
  • n. Collectively, as a plural word with the definite article, the people of Wales, or the members of the Cymric race indigenous to Wales. They were ruled by petty princes, and maintained their independence of the English till 1282–3.
  • n. The language of Wales or of the Welsh.
  • To cheat or practise cheating by betting or taking money as a stake on a horse-race, and running off without settling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or resident of Wales
  • n. a breed of dual-purpose cattle developed in Wales
  • v. cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Wales or its people or their language
  • n. a Celtic language of Wales

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from welch, spelling influenced by Welsh, used disparagingly. Compare gyp ("swindle") (probably from gypsy ("Roma")), and jew ("defraud"), from Jew. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She continues, "Another favorite of mine for a quick supper ... (but not very healthy) is what we called welsh rarebit - tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce and shredded cheddar cheese over saltine crackers (which makes a) quick supper after a long hard day at work."

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  • I went to school in west wales and i didn’t do English like everybody else until i was in year 3 (7/8years old) which made it easier as welsh is my fist language as and it is generally the first language of most people here in CARMARTHENSHIRE.

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  • There is a feeling where I live that Plaid has been happy to fail its core voters, to take them for granted, in their desperation to look like they're not 'favouring' Welsh.,Even tiwht the Treganna schools issue, theyre so desperate not to look too 'welsh'-oriented that they're dropping their pledges.

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  • And the same is true across the whole of Wales, even in areas such as Monmouth which can hardly be described as welsh speaking heartlands.

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  • What really bothers me is that the people who would consider our friends, the aussies and the welsh are the first to comment, when our oldest foes the South Africans say nothing and treat our tradition with respect, maybe because they to understand the significance of indigenous culture.

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  • ..besides, page & plant wrote much of their 3rd & 4th albums in a stone cottage called "bron-yr-aur" like the song or "hillside of gold" in welsh, which is quite literally a stones throw from an ancestral home of the bgw family in machynlleth...

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  • This was – and still is – a region of agriculture with some renowned products such as welsh rabbit, goat cheeses and white asparagus.

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  • How do the definitions of the word "welsh" that Davies chooses to precede the novel come to bear on the events and themes of the book?

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  • Next thing you know she'll be appearing in photos with that 'welsh' exile terry matthews proclaiming that there'll be more millionaires in a self governing wales!

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  • Have we not got ENOUGH "welsh" here or more accurately one to many.

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