English - UK, Welsh - Southern dialect
Term: (A word or expression you have seen in writing)

Your definition or explanation:
A synonym to 'hug', 'cuddle'. Primarily (and probably solely) used in Welsh English and by Welsh people. Believed to come form the Welsh word 'cwts' meaning 'hug' or 'cuddle'.

Example: (An example of the term in use)
'Can I have a cwtch?'

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BBC article on the word.
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  • analeeh

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Southern Welsh English (Wenglish) only. Not Welsh.
    It's spread throughout Welsh English in the last ten or fifteen years. We used to use it up north when I was a teenager. It's also often used in Welsh: cwtsho (as a verb) and cwtsh.


    Senior Member
    Welsh - Northern
    GPC does not recognise it and neither do I as a native speaker of Gwyndodeg. It may be prevalent in the spoken language in other areas, but it has no official sanction as a 'proper' Welsh word. And spelt with the <-tch> is obviously not following traditional Welsh patterns, either.


    Senior Member
    English - UK
    You're welcome to recognise whatever you want as a 'proper' or 'not proper' Welsh word, but the fact is that it is definitely used. There's even a novel by that title. And the fact that we don't have a good way of writing the <tsh> sound doesn't stop people from saying tships or watsh.


    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    Not Welsh.

    I'd disagree with you in that I've heard it a lot in southern Welsh. I'm surprised to see that the meaning "hug" isn't in GPC though, either for the noun or for the verb (Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru). I wonder why. (And I'm now curious about where that meaning came from.)

    The "ch" spelling makes sense in English (it matches chilli and chime etc) but it is odd for a Welsh speaker. Comedian starts to spell out the big 'Cwtsh' debate | West Wales Chronicle : News for Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Swansea and Beyond

    My northern friends don't use this word, they use "hyg".