What does welsh mean?

Definitions for welsh
wɛlʃ, wɛltʃwelsh

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word welsh.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Welshman, Welsh, Cambrian, Cymrynoun

    a native or resident of Wales

  2. Welsh, Cymricnoun

    a Celtic language of Wales

  3. Welsh, Welsh Blackadjective

    a breed of dual-purpose cattle developed in Wales

  4. Welsh, Cambrianverb

    of or relating to or characteristic of Wales or its people or their language

    "the Welsh coast"; "Welsh syntax"

  5. welsh, welchverb

    cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt


  1. Welshadjective

    Of or pertaining to Wales.

  2. Welshadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Welsh language.

  3. Welshnoun

    The people of Wales.

  4. Welshnoun

    The Welsh language.

  5. Welshnoun

    for someone who was a Welshman or a Celt.

  6. Welshnoun

    A breed of pig, kept mainly for bacon.

  7. welshverb

    to swindle someone by not paying a debt, especially a gambling debt

  8. Etymology: Welische, from wilisc, from walhiskaz (compare Dutch (Flemish) waalsch, German (Swiss) welsch, Danish vælsk), from (compare Old English wealh, Old Norse valir, Old High German walaha), from tribal name Volcae, from volcos (compare Old Irish folg). This word was borrowed from Germanic into Slavic (compare Old Church Slavonic влахъ, Byzantine Greek Βλάχος).


  1. welsh

    Welsh can refer to: 1. Anything related to Wales, a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It can be used to describe people from Wales or items originating from the country. 2. The Celtic language of Wales. It is one of the oldest languages in Europe and is still widely spoken in Wales today. 3. In a colloquial and often considered offensive context, particularly in the US, 'to welsh' can mean to renege on a deal, bet, or agreement. This usage is considered derogatory and is frowned upon due to its negative stereotyping.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welshadjective

    of or pertaining to Wales, or its inhabitants

  2. Welshnoun

    the language of Wales, or of the Welsh people

  3. Welshnoun

    the natives or inhabitants of Wales

  4. Etymology: [AS. wlisc, welisc, from wealh a stranger, foreigner, not of Saxon origin, a Welshman, a Celt, Gael; akin to OHG. walh, whence G. wlsch or welsch, Celtic, Welsh, Italian, French, Foreign, strange, OHG. walhisc; from the name of a Celtic tribe. See Walnut.]


  1. Welsh

    Welsh is a town in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,226 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jennings Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Welsh

    welsh, adj. pertaining to Wales or its inhabitants.—n.pl. the inhabitants of Wales:—sing. their language.—ns. Welsh′-harp, a large instrument, furnished with three rows of strings, two tuned in unison and in the diatonic scale, the third in the sharps and flats of the chromatic; Welsh′-hook, an old weapon, like the bill; Welsh′man, a native of Wales; Welsh′-on′ion, the cibol, a perennial plant with a garlic taste; Welsh′-rabb′it (see Rabbit). [A.S. welisc, foreign—wealh (pl. wealas), a foreigner, esp. the Celts or Welshmen.]

  2. Welsh

    welsh, v.t. and v.i. to run off from a race-course without settling or paying one's bets—also Welch.—ns. Welsh′er, Welch′er. [Perh. in allusion to the alleged bad faith of Welshmen.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Welsh

    or Welch, John, a Scottish divine, a Nithsdale man; became Presbyterian minister of Ayr, and was distinguished both as a preacher and for his sturdy opposition to the ecclesiastical tyranny of James VI., for which latter he suffered imprisonment and exile; he was an ancestor of Jane Welsh Carlyle, and was married to a daughter of John Knox, who, when the king thought to win her over by offering her husband a bishopric, held out her apron before sovereign majesty, and threatened she would rather kep (catch) his head there than that he should live and be a bishop; she figures in the chapter in "Sartor" on Aprons, as one of Carlyle's apron-worthies (1570-1625).

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WELSH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Welsh is ranked #1166 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Welsh surname appeared 30,153 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 10 would have the surname Welsh.

    91% or 27,442 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 1,001 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 805 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 485 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 226 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 196 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welsh' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2742

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welsh' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3156

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #363

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of welsh in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of welsh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of welsh in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Perry:

    It's really important that people see a language like Welsh as something they can interact with and use on modern devices, it brings the language up to date with modern technology usage which is absolutely so essential that a language feels fresh and used.

  2. Toby Perkins:

    It has often seemed incongruous to me that when England has played against other home nations on the football or rugby field, that while the Welsh or Scots sing an anthem that reflects their nation's identity, England should sing about Britain, it reflects the sense that we see Britain and England as synonymous and this not only denies us English an opportunity to celebrate the nation that is being represented but is also a cause for resentment among other countries within the British isles who feel that England have requisitioned the British song.

  3. Hefin David:

    The Welsh Labour campaign that I am running in Caerphilly is about the bread and butter issues of health, education and social services, if people want to vote to get out of Europe they can do that on June 23. This is the Assembly campaign and I think they should be separate ... I'm not thinking past May 5.

  4. Josh Marion:

    While his brother and many other male royals chose not to wear a ring, Harry is wearing a platinum ring with a textured, sophisticated finish, the fact that he chose to wear a wedding band is very modern, which goes against tradition within the royal family. His band is also platinum and not Welsh gold, which runs contrary to royal tradition as well.

  5. Joseph Nagy:

    What we would call November, or the early part of it, appears to have been the designated end-of-harvest and beginning-of-winter time among peoples who spoke or speak Irish Celtic languages -- primarily represented today by the Irish, the Scottish particularly of the Highlands and islands, the Welsh, and the Bretons -- but the Celtic languages were far more widespread throughout Europe in ancient times, in Irish, this time or, specifically, what we would call November 1, is known as Samhain, which probably means' end of summer,'.

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