Could anyone make this understand to me the meaning and usage of the word 'Welter'?

I gone through Vocabulary.com and found this.

Use the noun welter to describe an enormous, messy pile, like the jumble of papers, coffee mugs, pens, and food wrappers on the desk of the messiest person in the office

How can I use this word as a noun and as a verb in making a correct sentences?

Could anyone let me know the more simple and understandable meaning with proper example?

What is the meaning of welter of emotional argument?

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    You ask several different questions, but to respond to the one in bold; per your quoted definition, a "welter" is a "a big mess". Thus, a "welter of emotional argument" is a "mess of emotional argumentation". This might be contrasted, for example, with a clean and rational argument (in other words, "rational" is the opposite of "emotional" in the context of argumentation, as "clean" is the opposite of "messy").
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:25
  • +1 just for welter I haven't heard that word, in that sense, used in decades. Where did you hear or read it?
    – Frank
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:35
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    @Frank: Went through an Article in 'The Hindu',which was all about the judicial independence. Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:41
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    This link provides the meaning both as a verb and as noun with example sentences: oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/welter
    – user66974
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:44
  • I found the article here thehindu.com/opinion/lead/… welter is in the first paragraph. I think it's being used in the sense of mental confusion as Dan Bron suggests in his comment, rather than physical mess.
    – Frank
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:53

2 Answers 2


Oxford Dictionaries on line gives the noun meaning as 'a large number of items in no order; a confused mass' such as a welter of conflicting rules.

Also 'a state of general disorder: the attack petered out in a welter of bloody, confused fighting.

There is a verb meaning as well.

The term 'welterweight' used in boxing as a grade between light and middleweight is of unknown origin.


I have only come across the word in the context of the phrase 'a welter of blows' which would link in with its usage in 'welterweight' and would refer to a flurry of punches in a fight or boxing match.

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