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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [welsh, welch]
    • /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/
    • /ˈwel.ʃə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [welsh, welch]
    • /wɛlʃ, wɛltʃ/

Definitions of welsher word

  • verb without object welsher to cheat by failing to pay a gambling debt: You aren't going to welsh on me, are you? 1
  • verb without object welsher to go back on one's word: He welshed on his promise to help in the campaign. 1
  • noun welsher (British) alternative spelling of welcher. 1
  • noun welsher (Britain) Alternative spelling of welcher. 0

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Origin of welsher

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 Welsher


welsher 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 about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

welsher usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for welsher

noun welsher

  • purchaser — to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
  • borrower — A borrower is a person or organization that borrows money.
  • defaulter — A defaulter is someone who does not do something that they are legally supposed to do, such as make a payment at a particular time, or appear in a court of law.
  • account — If you have an account with a bank or a similar organization, you have an arrangement to leave your money there and take some out when you need it.
  • bankrupt — People or organizations that go bankrupt do not have enough money to pay their debts.

Antonyms for welsher

noun welsher

  • creditor — Your creditors are the people who you owe money to.
  • lender — to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
  • mortgagee — a person to whom property is mortgaged.

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