welcher

welch

[welch, welsh]
verb (used without object) Informal.

welcher, noun

welch, Welsh.
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welch (wɛlʃ)
 
vb
a variant spelling of welsh
 
'welcher
 
n

welsh or welch (wɛlʃ)
 
vb (often foll by on)
1.  to fail to pay a gambling debt
2.  to fail to fulfil an obligation
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
welch or welch
 
vb
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
'welsher or welch
 
n
 
'welcher or welch
 
n

Welch (wɛlʃ)
 
adj
an archaic spelling of Welsh

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welch
1857, racing slang, "to refuse or avoid payment of money laid as a bet," probably a disparaging use of the national name Welsh.
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Welch (wělch, wělsh), William Henry. 1850-1934.

American pathologist and bacteriologist who discovered the bacteria that causes gas gangrene.

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