from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A swindling better or book-maker on a race-track; one who absconds without paying his losses, or what is due to others on account of money deposited with him for betting. Also written welcher.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Slang, Eng. One who cheats at a horse race; one who bets, without a chance of being able to pay; one who receives money to back certain horses and absconds with it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK Alternative spelling of welcher.

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

  • noun someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager


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  • "Make me!" retorted the "welsher," defiant in his stout-built square strength, and ready to brazen the matter out.

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  • Meanwhile the "welsher," driven off the course by a hooting and indignant crowd, shaking the water from his clothes, with bitter oaths, and livid with a deadly passion at his exile from the harvest-field of his lawless gleanings, went his way, with a savage vow of vengeance against the "d---- d dandy," the "Guards 'swell," who had shown him up before the world as the scoundrel he was.

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  • One of them was the "welsher," Ben Davis; the other, a smaller, quieter man, with a keen, vivacious Hebrew eye and an olive-tinted skin, a

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  • Mark, I appreciate your passion, but "welsher" is an ethnic slur.

    Nashville Scene - Pith in the Wind

  • "welsher," heated, eager, flushed with triumph, and glowing with a gloating malignity.

    Under Two Flags

  • "Mark, I appreciate your passion, but" welsher "is an ethnic slur.

    Nashville Scene - Pith in the Wind

  • Now, are you a welsher as well as a proven plagiarist?

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  • He would look at home beating up some welsher in an alley or sitting in a bar with sawdust on the floor.

    All Together Dead

  • Magnus Spadebeard, korsets krosser, welsher perfyddye.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Tape oaf that saw foull and sew wrong, welsher, you suck of

    Finnegans Wake


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