Definition of welt in English:



  • 1A leather rim sewn round the edge of a shoe upper to which the sole is attached.

    • ‘The once sealed welts have cracks, and as for the ‘uppers’, well, enough of this nonsense…’
    • ‘Make sure your boot has enough welt to hold in the binding, just as you would for a step-in crampon.’
    • ‘The big change is a frame designed along an asymmetrical last to more closely fit the anatomical sole of a boot and lock more tightly into the boot welts.’
    • ‘There was the outline, and around this outline ran a well-defined sewn thread which had, it appeared, attached the welt to the sole.’
    1. 1.1A ribbed, reinforced, or decorative border of a garment or pocket.
      • ‘Elegant embellishments such as freeform beading, tiered tassels, piping insertions filled with fine rattail cord and pockets tailored with contrast welts are among his trademarks.’
      • ‘The matching linen flat-front pants are slightly low-waisted and feature two off-seam pockets, as well as pocket welts.’
      • ‘Pleats, piping, pocket welts, pocket flaps, top-stitched yokes all look wonderful in linen.’
      • ‘It has a three-button continental placket with polished agate buttons, a knit collar welt, sleeve bands, and a hemmed bottom with side vents.’
  • 2A red, raised mark or scar; a weal.

    • ‘When they arrived, the soldiers began disarming the guards and giving aid to the prisoners, whose backs, arms and legs were marked with welts and bruises.’
    • ‘Daniel grabbed her hand and pulled up her shirt sleeve to revel thick welts, scabs and scars all over her arm.’
    • ‘I could still see the red and purple bruised welts in my head… the same mark that I could see rather clearly on Leif's inner arm.’
    • ‘Even without sharp edges, it was sufficient to raise an enormous welt and painful enough for the man to stop.’
    • ‘She tugged her shirt down, as if to cover the welts then reached to pull the sports page from beneath her transistor radio.’
    • ‘The lurid technicolour of bruises, angry wounds, and welts marred his skin.’
    • ‘Her face was bruised, and crimson welts marred her bare arms.’
    • ‘Returning to earth, the ball banged off the shin of a spectator, raising a nasty welt.’
    • ‘The plastic tie wraps the police had used on her wrists left welts and bruises.’
    • ‘He soon regretted that thought, however, as he saw the welts and scars covering her torso.’
    • ‘There were great welts, scars that ran in ridges across his muscular shoulders.’
    • ‘The use of a strap, cane, electrical cord or other implement can result in multiple bruises, welts and abrasions on the skin.’
    • ‘He showed me the fresh welts and bruises below his waist.’
    • ‘Tomaz's back and arms became covered in welts and bruises.’
    • ‘She rubbed, absent-mindedly at the welt of a scar on her thigh, covered and concealed by tights and a dress.’
    • ‘Moreover, he had himself been battered as a child; and shows Dana the welts and scars that resulted from beatings by his father.’
    welt, wound, lesion, swelling
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  • 3A heavy blow.

    ‘let me give it a welt with my hammer’
    blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, welt, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffet
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  • 1Provide with a welt.

    flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping, spanking
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  • 2Strike (someone or something) hard and heavily.

    ‘I could have welted him’
    • ‘Perhaps he was taking Martin too lightly, but once he had settled down and stopped trying to welt the ball, he always had the edge in a close first set.’
    • ‘Convey whipped in a deep free-kick from the right and Zaccardo, trying to welt the ball clear, shanked it in his own net from six yards with his swinger.’
    • ‘As the American welted the ball for all he was worth, Stepanek scampered across the baseline and belted it back for a winner.’
    • ‘He nearly manages it as well, welting a purler just past Kahn's left-hand post.’
    • ‘He received a header eight yards out with Metzelder right up his backside, but he turned instantly and welted the ball towards the near post, where Lehmann funnelled it round for a corner.’
    • ‘The increasingly impressive Tenorio shimmied into the box from the right and pulled a ball back to the feet of the Portsmouth legend, who welted the ball high and wide.’
    • ‘Simao's low cross cattle-prods Pauleta into life six yards out, he flips it up and welts it towards goal, but Van Der Sar juts out his right foot to turn it over the top.’
    • ‘Sagnol slaloms past a few defenders and then welts the ball off another defender's elbow.’
    • ‘The first real goalmouth action comes as Mills makes himself a yard near the right touchline and welts a ball across the turf to where Heskey is sliding in.’
    • ‘He turned and took it past Oleguera before welting the ball past Victor Valdes.’
    • ‘Tevez cuts in from the left and then rolls the ball across to Maxi, who welts the ball into the side-netting.’
    • ‘He chests the ball back into the path of Seaman, the ball is blocked out to the Everton winger, who shifts the ball to the left and welts it in.’
    • ‘He squares it invitingly across the six-yard line, and Zambrotta welts it to safety.’
    • ‘Before I could think twice, his familiar black leather belt was welting me across my body.’
    hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap
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  • 3[no object] Develop a raised scar or weal.

    ‘his lip was beginning to thicken and welt from the blow’
    • ‘The girl had taken a long look at herself in the mirror before deciding she wasn't bruised or welted or anything.’
    • ‘He winced as I pulled it from his thigh; his skin beginning to welt and blister.’
    • ‘Danny started scratching his neck again and he knew that under his gray turtleneck, his skin was now blotchy, welted and pink.’
    • ‘Michan could feel his leg begin to welt up and pulse in pain but he ignored it.’
    • ‘She knew that her back now looked like a mass of red, welted, flesh with deep slashes caused by the whip.’
    • ‘Her fingers looked as if someone had beat on them and they were welted and lumpy and bent at uncomfortable angles.’
    • ‘Every day he makes a pilgrimage to the spring, cutting his feet on roots, his flesh welted by branches and thorn bushes.’
    • ‘After several attempts to douse him under the shower and apply a cold pack to his welting face, our two year old showed no sign of faith in our knowledge of burn therapy.’
    • ‘It was a four inch line that traced his vein and it had welted up.’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.