One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The sky or heaven.
- ‘The loud noise of rushing elephants resembled the roars of the clouds in the welkin, in the season of rains.’
- ‘When the welkin had ceased to ring with their laughter and screeches, it was customary to join forces and proceed arm-in-arm to spend the evening in the town.’
make the welkin ring
literary Make a very loud sound.‘the crew made the welkin ring with their hurrahs’
- ‘A large crowd was on the piers to witness her departure, and they made the welkin ring with their cheers.’
- ‘For almost two hours, dignified doctors made the welkin ring with catcalls, boos, and cries of ‘Sit down!’’
- ‘After the compromise was agreed to, the honest patriots of the country made the welkin ring with rejoicings, under the belief that it implied non-intervention in its broadest sense.’
- ‘Mark and his companions made the welkin ring with their shouts at the old man's answer.’
Old English wolcen ‘cloud, sky’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch wolk and German Wolke.
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