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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I don't welch on my bargains, I really don't!
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Welch \Welch\, a. See Welsh. [R.]


Welsh \Welsh\, a. [AS. w[ae]lisc, welisc, from wealh a stranger, foreigner, not of Saxon origin, a Welshman, a Celt, Gael; akin to OHG. walh, whence G. w["a]lsch or welsch, Celtic, Welsh, Italian, French, Foreign, strange, OHG. walhisc; from the name of a Celtic tribe. See Walnut.] Of or pertaining to Wales, or its inhabitants. [Sometimes written also Welch.]

Welsh flannel, a fine kind of flannel made from the fleece of the flocks of the Welsh mountains, and largely manufactured by hand.

Welsh glaive, or Welsh hook, a weapon of war used in former times by the Welsh, commonly regarded as a kind of poleax.

Welsh mortgage (O. Eng. Law), a species of mortgage, being a conveyance of an estate, redeemable at any time on payment of the principal, with an understanding that the profits in the mean time shall be received by the mortgagee without account, in satisfaction of interest.

Welsh mutton, a choice and delicate kind of mutton obtained from a breed of small sheep in Wales.

Welsh onion (Bot.), a kind of onion ( Allium fistulosum) having hollow inflated stalks and leaves, but scarcely any bulb, a native of Siberia. It is said to have been introduced from Germany, and is supposed to have derived its name from the German term w["a]lsch foreign.

Welsh parsley, hemp, or halters made from hemp. [Obs. & Jocular]
--J. Fletcher.

Welsh rabbit. See under Rabbit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1857, racing slang, "to refuse or avoid payment of money laid as a bet," probably a disparaging use of the national name Welsh. Related: Welched; welching.


Etymology 2 n. A person who defaults on an obligation, especially a small one. vb. 1 To fail to repay a small debt. 2 To fail to fulfill an obligation.

Welch, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 597
Housing Units (2000): 295
Land area (2000): 0.456193 sq. miles (1.181534 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.456193 sq. miles (1.181534 sq. km)
FIPS code: 79750
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.874605 N, 95.093805 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 74369
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Welch, OK
Welch, WV -- U.S. city in West Virginia
Population (2000): 2683
Housing Units (2000): 1453
Land area (2000): 3.267571 sq. miles (8.462969 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.267571 sq. miles (8.462969 sq. km)
FIPS code: 85228
Located within: West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
Location: 37.437323 N, 81.579002 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 24801
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Welch, WV

Welch, Welch's, Welchs or Welches may refer to:

Welch (surname)

Welch is an English surname of Anglo-Saxon origin. It comes from the Old English word Welisc meaning foreign. It was used to describe those of Celtic or Welsh Origin. This name has no connection to the surnames Walsh or Welsh; Walsh is Irish and Welsh is Scottish. Notable people with this surname include:

Usage examples of "welch".


Paul had run into his old friend Bruce Welch, the rhythm guitarist with the Shadows, backstage at a Cliff Richard concert at the Talk of the Town and told him he was looking for somewhere to go for a short holiday.

Welch came back in triumph, trailing two sheets of graphing tissue like victory streamers.

The village or town of Kalo, built at the base of the peninsula, close to the mouth of the Vanigela or Kemp Welch River, is said to be the wealthiest village in British New Guinea.

The reporters, the Democrats, and Welch himself were all having a rip-roaring good laugh at the notion of Communists in government.

Known even by the lawmen he taunted as a gentleman bandit, Welch certainly lived the part.

Welch langsam Phaenomen durchstreicht des Aethers Wogen, Dort wo Saturn gebeut?

Finally, when Welch had rounded a corner and was out of sight of the press, he perked up and chipperly asked an assistant, "Well, how did it go?

He'd had Lester Welch, his electronic chief, rig a buried web in Ruth's mattress, in case the baby instinctively contacte d her mother first.

But he's no less a schlockmeister for all that, and to anyone who believes the radical notion that entertainment should not be absent of intelligence and should have at its core a soul, a passion, and not a happy facepainted on a balloon, and that stories can be told in which the noble and the inspiring are expressed honestly, vigorously, in terms of the common measure of the human spirit, without resorting to the Welch Men's Chorus humming a glorioso passage in the background to cue our tears .

On the video screen, to the accompaniment of Bach supported by the alien groundswell of electric guitars from the floor below, Raquel Welch in an animal-skin bikini fled from a dinosaur.

She wasn’t so familiar with the likes of Hugh Grant, Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Jack Welch, Paul Anka, Mohamed Al Fayed, Regis Philbin, or Tony Bennett.

This many hours after death, Gary Wechlas's corpse ought to be teeming with Clostridium welch, which is associated with gas gangrene.

Op Owen hesitated: no, not even Lester Welch needed to know that bit of Ruth's tinkering—"whatever it is she has in mind for this child.

Ellsworth Welch, who taught me to dip my hands in titanium tetrachloride.