verb[no object] (welsh on)
- He still owes me a housecleaning and babysitting from months back and anyone who welches on a promise isn't deserving of accolades.
- Toni smiled, settling down, realizing Jared wasn't welching out on his promise.
- It allows people to welsh on their debts, and it is telling that creditors who submitted were unanimously opposed to this.
- Example sentences
- Over the years they devised an elaborate numbers game to determine who picked up the tab for the table thus ensuring any welchers among them had to ante up their share from time to time.
- In other words, we have money, but no plan on what to do with it, or more important, how to achieve our goals so we don't look like welchers on the world stage.
- Chili ends up pretty quickly in California, certain the welcher is alive and living the life of a high roller on the money he owes.
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
- I have Welsh parentage, Welsh ancestry, was taught the Welsh language at school, and indeed I have lived in Wales.
- In the grounds stood The Little House, a gift from the people of Wales built of Welsh materials to perfect two-thirds scale.
- I wish my Welsh language skills were up to the job of reading the poems in the original.
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- Iris was brought up to speak Welsh as her first language and was able to switch from one language to the other with great ease.
- Gaelic began to eclipse Welsh, though Welsh was still spoken in some areas in the mid-12th cent.
- Children go to local schools, become acculturated in their turn and speak Welsh.
- The castle stands high above a crossing point of the river Wye, an area taken from the Welsh by the Normans only in the late C11.
- They want British national identity to be extended to them on the same basis that it is to the English, the Scots and the Welsh.
- Considerable vestiges of these remained among the Welsh in the time of the Saxon Heptarchy.
- Welshness noun
- Example sentences
- It talks about Welshness, and how good it is to be Welsh.
- At the heart of his vocations as poet and priest, one finds dynamic tensions between belonging and not belonging, between Welshness and Englishness, between belief and uncertainty.
- When the University of Wales at Aberystwyth was established, its links with European culture were initially emphasized rather than its Welshness.
walnut from Old English:
For the Anglo-Saxons and other ancient peoples of northern Europe the walnut was the ‘foreign nut’. The nut they knew was the hazelnut, and walnuts would have been exotic imports from the Roman world of the south. The wal- part comes from Volcae, the Latin name for a particular Celtic tribe that the Germanic peoples came to use for all Celts (it is where Welsh (Old English) and Wales come from) and eventually for anyone not of Germanic stock.
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