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Alternative forms[edit]


Sometimes suggested to derive from disparaging stereotypes of the Welsh (people from Wales), though firm evidence of this derivation is lacking.[1] Compare gyp (swindle) (probably from gypsy (Roma)), and jew (defraud), from Jew.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /wɛlʃ/
  • (file)


welsh (third-person singular simple present welshes, present participle welshing, simple past and past participle welshed)

  1. (offensive) To swindle someone by not paying a debt, especially a gambling debt.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The use of this term is sometimes considered offensive, especially by Welsh people, because it is taken as a negative stereotype of the Welsh.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style (2005, →ISBN: "Etymologists can find no firm evidence that the verb welsh, meaning "to swindle a person by not paying a debt" or "to fail to fulfill an obligation," is derived from Welsh, the people of Wales."