Welter Definition

wĕltər
welters
noun
welters
A confused mass; a jumble.
A welter of papers and magazines.
American Heritage
A tossing and tumbling, as of waves.
Webster's New World
A confusion; turmoil.
Webster's New World
The definition of a welter is a tossing or throwing and dropping, or major confusion.
An example of a welter is the rise and fall of the stock market.
An example of a welter is how someone feels after they've had a seizure.
YourDictionary

General confusion; disorderly mixture; aimless effort; as, a welter of papers and magazines.

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verb
welters
To roll about or wallow, as a pig does in mud.
Webster's New World
To be deeply involved.
To welter in work.
Webster's New World
To be soaked, stained, or bathed.
To welter in blood.
Webster's New World
To roll and surge, as the sea.
American Heritage
To tumble and toss about.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
wallowflounder
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adjective

Of horsemen, heavyweight; as, a welter race.

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Other Word Forms of Welter

Noun

Singular:
welter
Plural:
welters

Origin of Welter

  • From Middle Low German, from Proto-Germanic. Cognates include Old Norse velta (Danish vælte), German wälzen, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌻𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 (waltjan). Akin to wallow, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌻𐍅𐌾𐌰𐌽 (walwjan) and Latin volvere.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English welteren to toss about, as in high seas from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch to roll wel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare wilt (intransitive verb).

    From Wiktionary

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