welt [welt] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for welt on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
  2. a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
  3. Shoemaking.
    1. a strip, as of leather, set in between the outsole of a shoe and the edges of its insole and upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
    2. a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
  4. a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
  5. a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.

verb (used with object)

  1. to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
  2. to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be marked with or develop welts.

Origin of welt 1375–1425; late Middle English welte, walt shoemaker’s welt, Old English wælt (thigh) sinewRelated formsun·welt·ed, adjective Related Words for welt scar, bruise, stripe, contusion, streak, wale, ridge, mouse, weal, wound, injury, wheal Examples from the Web for welt Contemporary Examples of welt

  • I can already feel the welt rising up, the swelling closing my eye.

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    November 29, 2013

  • Historical Examples of welt

  • “I’d probably hit him a welt and he’d go off bawlin’ like a calf,” he communed with himself.

    Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)

    John McElroy

  • He might chance to strike where no words would efface the welt.

    That Boy Of Norcott’s

    Charles James Lever

  • Waldo was thinking of his father as he strode down the pass with that welt on his cheek.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • Oncus -i: a welt: applied to welt-like ridges on caterpillars.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Then if he monkeyed too much, why—I could welt him well after.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • British Dictionary definitions for welt welt noun

    1. a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
    2. another word for weal 1
    3. (in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper

    verb (tr)

    1. to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
    2. to beat or flog soundly

    Word Origin for welt C15: origin unknown Word Origin and History for welt n.

    early 15c., a shoemaker’s term, perhaps related to Middle English welten “to overturn, roll over” (c.1300), from Old Norse velta “to roll” (related to welter (v.)). Meaning “ridge on the skin from a wound” is first recorded 1800.

    welt in Medicine welt [wĕlt] n.

    1. A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.
    2. wheal

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