welk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from a continental Germanic language; compare Dutch welken, German welken.

Verb[edit]

welk (third-person singular simple present welks, present participle welking, simple past and past participle welked)

  1. (obsolete) Of a plant: to wither, wilt, decay.
  2. (obsolete) To diminish; to lose brightness, to wane.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i.23:
      As gentle Shepheard in sweete euentide, / When ruddy Phoebus gins to welke in west [...].
    • Milton
      The church, that before by insensible degrees welked and impaired, now with large steps went down hill decaying.
  3. (dialectal) to soak, steep.
  4. (dialectal) to thrash, beat severely.
  5. To contract; to shorten.
    • Spenser
      Now sad winter welked hath the day.

Noun[edit]

welk (plural welks)

  1. Alternative form of whelk

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wilik, *welik, from Proto-Germanic *hwilīkaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

welk

  1. which (what, of those mentioned or implied)

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

welk

  1. wilted, faded

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External links[edit]

  • welk in Duden online