- 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.
- to cheat or swindle by failing to pay a bet or other debt
- to evade (an obligation)
Origin of welsh19th-c. slang, probably ; from Welsh, with reference to alleged character traits of the Welsh
Origin of WelshMiddle 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
intransitive verbwelshed, welsh·ing, welsh·es also welched or welch·ing or welch·es Informal
- To swindle a person by not paying a debt or wager: welsh on a bet.
- To fail to fulfill an obligation.
Origin of welshOrigin unknown.
- The people of Wales.
- The Celtic language of Wales. Also called Cymric.
Origin of WelshMiddle English Walische, from Old English Wælisc, from Wealh, foreigner, Welshman, Celt, probably ultimately from a Celtic tribal name; akin to Latin Volcae, a confederation of Celtic tribes of the late first millennium bc, from a Celtic source perhaps akin to Welsh gwalch, hawk.
(third-person singular simple present welshes, present participle welshing, simple past and past participle welshed)
- The use of this term is sometimes considered offensive because it implies a negative stereotype of the Welsh.
- (now historical) (Native) British; pertaining to the Celtic peoples who inhabited much of Britain before the Roman occupation. [from 5th c.]
- Of or pertaining to Wales. [from 11th c.]
- Of or pertaining to the Celtic language of Wales. [from 16th c.]
- Designating plants or animals from or associated with Wales. (See Derived terms.) [from 17th c.]
Old English wīlisc, wylisc, from Proto-Germanic *walhiskaz (“Celt; later Roman”), from *walhaz (“Celt”) (compare Old English wealh), from the name of the Gaulish tribe, the Volcae (recorded only in Latin contexts). Historically the tribe's name has been linked to an animal, likely Gaulish *wolco- (“wolf”), as Caesar described the Celts having fought with huge dogs, in turn from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos.
This word was borrowed from Germanic into Slavic (compare Old Church Slavonic влахъ (vlachŭ, “Vlachs, Romanians”), Byzantine Greek Βλάχος (Bláchos)).