- The definition of Welsh is something related to Wales, a principality of Great Britain that is located west of central England.
If a food is characteristic of Wales, this is an example of a food that would be described as Welsh.
- To welsh is defined as to go back on your word or fail to honor a promise.
When you promise to pay your son's college tuition if he gets into Harvard and then he gets in and you tell him you don't have the money after all, this is an example of a time when you welsh on your promise.
welsh definition by Webster's New World
- to cheat or swindle by failing to pay a bet or other debt
- to evade (an obligation)
Origin: 19th-c. slang, probably ; from Welsh, with reference to alleged character traits of the Welsh
- welsher noun
Origin: Middle English Wel(i)sch ; from Old English Welisc ; from Wealh, Briton, foreigner ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form walh-, Celtic ; from Celtic name from source Classical Latin Volcae, name of a Celtic people of southern France
welsh definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also welchintransitive verb welshed also welched, welsh·ing also welch·ing, welsh·es also welch·es Informal
- To swindle a person by not paying a debt or wager.
- To fail to fulfill an obligation.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- welshˈer noun
- The people of Wales.
- The Celtic language of Wales. Also called Cymric.
Origin: Middle English Walische, from Old English Wǽlisc, from Wealh, foreigner, Welshman, Celt, perhaps of Celtic origin.
welsh - Phrases/Idioms