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


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

Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from welch, spelling influenced by Welsh, used disparagingly. Compare gyp ("swindle") (probably from gypsy ("Roma")), and jew ("defraud"), from Jew.


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