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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel-ter]
    • /ˈwɛl tər/
    • /ˈwel.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel-ter]
    • /ˈwɛl tər/

Definitions of welter word

  • verb without object welter to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea. 1
  • verb without object welter to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud. 1
  • verb without object welter to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood. 1
  • verb without object welter to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair. 1
  • noun welter Informal. a welterweight boxer or wrestler. 1
  • adjective welter (of a steeplechase or hurdle race) pertaining to, or noting a race in which the horses bear welterweights. 1

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Origin of welter

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English, frequentative (see -er6) of welten to roll, Old English weltan; cognate with Middle Dutch welteren, Low German weltern to roll

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Parts of speech for Welter


welter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

welter usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for welter

noun welter

  • flurry — a light, brief shower of snow.
  • jumble — to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
  • mass — the celebration of the Eucharist. Compare High Mass, Low Mass.
  • confusion — If there is confusion about something, it is not clear what the true situation is, especially because people believe different things.
  • muddle — to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.

verb welter

  • wallow — to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment: Goats wallowed in the dust.

Antonyms for welter

noun welter

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • order — an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.

Top questions with welter

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