welk

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English welken, probably from a continental Germanic language; compare Middle Dutch welken (Dutch welken) and Middle Low German welken. Cognate with 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 [...].
    • 1641, John Milton, Of Reformation:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Now sad winter welked hath the day.
  6. (transitive) To form into wrinkles or ridges.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

welk (plural welks)

  1. Alternative form of whelk

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʋɛlk/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: welk
  • Rhymes: -ɛlk

Determiner[edit]

welk

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

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of welk
uninflected welk
inflected welke
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial
indefinite m./f. sing. welke
n. sing. welk
plural welke
definite welke
partitive

Pronoun[edit]

welk

  1. (relative) which

Declension[edit]

Declension of welk
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative welke welke welk welke
Genitive welks welker welks welker
Dative welken welker welken welken
Accusative welken welke welk welke

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German [Term?], from Old High German [Term?]. Cognate with Hunsrik wellich.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

welk (comparative welker, superlative am welksten or am welkesten)

  1. wilted, faded

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • welk in Duden online

Middle English[edit]

Verb[edit]

welk

  1. Alternative form of welken (to dry out)