welter about


1 [wel-ter]
verb (used without object)
to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.
to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about ): pigs weltering about happily in the mud.
to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood.
to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair.
a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces.
a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval: the welter that followed the surprise attack.
a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about, as or as if by the sea, waves, or wind: They found the shore through the mighty welter.

1250–1300; Middle English, frequentative (see -er6) of welten to roll, Old English weltan; cognate with Middle Dutch welteren, Low German weltern to roll

6. confusion, tumult.
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welter (ˈwɛltə)
1.  to roll about, writhe, or wallow
2.  (esp of the sea) to surge, heave, or toss
3.  to lie drenched in a liquid, esp blood
4.  a rolling motion, as of the sea
5.  a confused mass; jumble
[C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch weltern; related to Old High German walzan, welzen to roll]

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Word Origin & History

"to roll or twist," c.1300, from M.Du. or M.L.G. welteren "to roll," from P.Gmc. *waltijanan (cf. O.E. wieltan, O.N. velta, O.H.G. walzan "to turn, revolve," Ger. wälzen "to roll," Goth. waltjan "to roll"), from PIE base *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see vulva). The noun
meaning "confused mass" is first recorded 1851.
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