• (British) IPA: /wɛlʃ/

welsh (welshes, present participle welshing; past and past participle welshed)

  1. (offensive) To swindle someone by not paying a debt, especially a gambling debt.

Pronunciation Adjective

welsh (not comparable)

  1. (now historical) (Native) British; pertaining to the Celtic peoples who inhabited much of Britain before the Roman occupation. [from 5thc.]
    • 1985, Michael Wood (historian), In Search of the Trojan War:
      The Tudors, it was argued, were of Welsh or ancient British descent.
  2. (near obsolete) Foreign; non-native. [10th-16thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:20.23?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter xxiij], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVIII:
      By my hede sayd syr Gareth I wylle ryde vnto my lord sir launcelot for to helpe hym / […] / ye shalle not soo said sir Bors by my counceylle / onles that ye were desguysed / ye shalle see me dysguysed said syre Gareth / and there with al he aspyed a wallysshe knyghte where he was to repose hym
  3. Of or pertaining to Wales. [from 11thc.]
  4. Of or pertaining to the Celtic language of Wales. [from 16thc.]
  5. Designating plants or animals from or associated with Wales. (See Derived terms.) [from 17thc.]
Translations Translations Noun


  1. (uncountable) The Welsh language. [from 10th c.]
    • 1832, Queen Victoria, journal, 6 Aug 1832:
      9 minutes to 2. We just stopped to have our horses' mouths washed, and there all people spoke welsh.
  2. (collectively, plural) The people of Wales. [from 11th c.]
  3. A breed of pig, kept mainly for bacon.
Synonyms Translations Translations Proper noun
  1. Surname for someone who was a Welshman or a Celt.
  2. Surname, a variant of Walsh.
  3. A town in Louisiana, US.
  4. An unincorporated community in Ohio, US.

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