What does welter mean?

Definitions for welter
ˈwɛl tərwel·ter

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smotherverb

    a confused multitude of things

  2. welterverb

    toss, roll, or rise and fall in an uncontrolled way

    "The shipwrecked survivors weltered in the sea for hours"

  3. wallow, welterverb

    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"

  4. welterverb

    be immersed in

    "welter in work"


  1. welteradjective

    Of horsemen, heavyweight; as, a welter race.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Welterverb

    Etymology: wealtan , Saxon; welteren, Dutch; volutari, Lat.

    He must not float upon his watry bier
    Unweep’d, nor welter to the parching winds. John Milton.

    The companions of his fall o’erwhelm’d
    He soon discerns; and well ring by his side
    The next himself. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i.

    The gasping head flies off; a purple flood
    Flows from the trunk, that welters in the blood. Dryden.

    He sung Darius, great and good,
    By too severe a fate,
    Fallen from his high estate,
    And welt’ring in his blood. John Dryden, St. Cecilia.

    If a man inglut himself with vanity, or welter in filthiness like a swine, all learning, all goodness is soon forgotten. Roger Ascham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welterverb

    to roll, as the body of an animal; to tumble about, especially in anything foul or defiling; to wallow

  2. Welterverb

    to rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows

  3. Welterverb

    to wither; to wilt

  4. Welteradjective

    of, pertaining to, or designating, the most heavily weighted race in a meeting; as, a welter race; the welter stakes

  5. Welternoun

    that in which any person or thing welters, or wallows; filth; mire; slough

  6. Welternoun

    a rising or falling, as of waves; as, the welter of the billows; the welter of a tempest

  7. Etymology: [Freq. of OE. walten to roll over, AS. wealtan; akin to LG. weltern, G. walzen to roll, to waltz, sich wlzen to welter, OHG. walzan to roll, Icel. velta, Dan. vlte, Sw. vltra, vlta; cf. Goth. waltjan; probably akin to E. wallow, well, v. i. 146. See Well, v. i., and cf. Waltz.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Welter

    wel′tėr, v.i. to roll or tumble about, to wallow about, esp. in dirt: to lie in some floating substance.—v.t. to make way in a weltering manner.—n. a tossing about, a state of turmoil.—adj. Wel′tering. [M. E. walten, to roll over—A.S. wealtan, to roll.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Welter is ranked #7080 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Welter surname appeared 4,729 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Welter.

    96% or 4,543 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 79 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 57 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 26 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    0.1% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of welter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of welter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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