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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

welsh*wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ(v.i.)

also welch, 1

  1. Category:

  2. to fail to pay what is owed (often fol. by on):

    welshed on his gambling debts.

    Category: Informal

  3. to go back on one's word (often fol. by on):

    to welsh on a promise.

    Category: Informal

* Sometimes Offensive.. Usage.: Though any relationship between the words welsh“to renege” and Welsh referring to inhabitants or natives of Wales is uncertain, many people of Welsh origin find welsh to be offensive. Words such as renege or swindle can be substituted if desired.

Origin of welsh:

1855–60; perh. special use of Welsh


Welsh*wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ

  1. (used with a pl. v.) the inhabitants of Wales. natives of Wales or persons of Welsh ancestry living outside Wales.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the Celtic language of Wales, now spoken mainly in the W and N parts.

    Category: Peoples

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to Wales, its inhabitants, or the language Welsh.

    Category: Peoples

* n..

Origin of Welsh:

bef. 900; ME Welische, OE Welisc, der. of Walh Briton, foreigner (cf. L Volcae a Gallic tribe); c. G welsch foreign, Italian

Princeton's WordNet

  1. welcher, welsher(noun)

    someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager


  1. Welsher(Noun)

    A person of Welsh descent; a Welshman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welsher(noun)

    one who cheats at a horse race; one who bets, without a chance of being able to pay; one who receives money to back certain horses and absconds with it


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