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

Definitions of weltering word

  • verb without object weltering to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea. 1
  • verb without object weltering to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud. 1
  • verb without object weltering to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood. 1
  • verb without object weltering to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair. 1
  • noun weltering a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces. 1
  • noun weltering a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval: the welter that followed the surprise attack. 1

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Origin of weltering

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 Weltering


weltering 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.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

weltering usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weltering

verb weltering

  • indulge — to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
  • relish — liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
  • revel — to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by in): to revel in luxury.
  • savour — the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
  • savor — the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.

Antonyms for weltering

verb weltering

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • cover — If you cover something, you place something else over it in order to protect it, hide it, or close it.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • ascend — If you ascend a hill or staircase, you go up it.

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