WelkWelk\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welked; p. pr. & vb. n. Welking.] [OE. welken; cf. D. & G. welken to wither, G. welk withered, OHG. welc moist. See Welkin, and cf. Wilt.] To wither; to fade; also, to decay; to decline; to wane. [Obs.] When ruddy Ph?bus 'gins to welk in west. --Spenser. The church, that before by insensible degrees welked and impaired, now with large steps went down hill decaying. --Milton.
WelkWelk\, v. t. 1. To cause to wither; to wilt. [Obs.] Mot thy welked neck be to-broke [broken]. --Chaucer. 2. To contract; to shorten. [Obs.] Now sad winter welked hath the day. --Spenser. 3. To soak; also, to beat severely. [Prov. Eng.]
WelkWelk\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A whelk. [R.]