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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

VerbEdit

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 [...].
    • Milton
      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.
    • Edmund Spenser
      Now sad winter welked hath the day.
  6. (transitive) To form into wrinkles or ridges.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

welk (plural welks)

  1. Alternative form of whelk

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

DeterminerEdit

welk

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

InflectionEdit

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

PronounEdit

welk

  1. (relative) which

DeclensionEdit

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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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. wilted, faded

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • welk in Duden online

Middle EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

welk

  1. Alternative form of welken (to dry out)