welk

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Probably from a continental Germanic language; compare Dutch welken, 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.
    • Spenser
      Now sad winter welked hath the day.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

welk ‎(plural welks)

  1. Alternative form of whelk

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

PIE root
*kʷ-

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

PronunciationEdit

DeterminerEdit

welk

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

DeclensionEdit

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

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

welk

  1. wilted, faded

Related termsEdit

External linksEdit

  • welk in Duden online
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