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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [welsh, welch]
    • /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [welsh, welch]
    • /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/

Definitions of welshed word

  • verb without object welshed to cheat by failing to pay a gambling debt: You aren't going to welsh on me, are you? 1
  • verb without object welshed to go back on one's word: He welshed on his promise to help in the campaign. 1
  • noun welshed Simple past tense and past participle of welsh. 1

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Origin of welshed

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; perhaps special use of Welsh

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Parts of speech for Welshed


welshed popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for welshed

verb welshed

  • swindled — (of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.
  • bamboozled — to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into): They bamboozled us into joining the club. Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax, gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool.
  • bilked — to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
  • cheated — to defraud; swindle: He cheated her out of her inheritance.
  • deceived — (of a person) Cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage.

Antonyms for welshed

verb welshed

  • faced — having a specified kind of face or number of faces (usually used in combination): a sweet-faced child; the two-faced god.
  • gave — simple past tense of give.
  • met — simple past tense and past participle of meet1 .

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