Welter vs Tumult - What's the difference?

welter | tumult |

As nouns the difference between welter and tumult

is that welter is welter (boxing class) while tumult is tumult, ruckus, row.



Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl). Cognates include (etyl) (m) ((etyl) .


(en noun)
  • general confusion; disorderly mixture; aimless effort; as, a welter of papers and magazines
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • to roll; to wallow
  • (intransitive, sometimes, figurative) to be soaked or steeped in.
  • * Latimer
  • When we welter in pleasures and idleness, then we eat and drink with drunkards.
  • * Spenser
  • These wizards welter in wealth's waves.
  • * Landor
  • the priests at the altar weltering in their blood
  • To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows.
  • * Milton
  • the weltering waves
  • * Wordsworth
  • waves that, hardly weltering , die away
  • * Trench
  • through this blindly weltering sea
    Derived terms
    * (l)

    Etymology 2


  • Of horsemen, heavyweight; as, a welter race.
  • Derived terms
    * welter-weight

    Etymology 3

    Compare wilt (intransitive verb).


    (en verb)
  • To wither; to wilt.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Weltered hearts and blighted memories.
    English terms with multiple etymologies ----




    (en noun)
  • Confused, agitated noise as made by a crowd.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Till in loud tumult all the Greeks arose.
  • Violent commotion or agitation, often with confusion of sounds.
  • the tumult of the elements
    the tumult of the spirits or passions
  • A riot or uprising.
  • Synonyms

    * uproar * ruckus


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.
  • Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt. — Milton.