1. a white person.
|Panel I. i. 14: ‘Do you mean to say that you haven’t got a single book of James’?’ ‘Never heard the name,’ the bookstall boy said. ‘But there’s plenty by Mrs. Kerr Howe.’ ‘That kelch!’ Major Foster exclaimed [OED].|
|Banjo 103: ‘What a saucy-looking doll that one is!’ Banjo exclaimed. ‘I ain’t studying any kelts,’ replied Taloufa. [Ibid.] 107: I ain’t got any appreciation at all for the kelts.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. used to mean a light-skinned black person, in phr. such as three-quarter kelt.
|Eve. Sun (Baltimore, MD) 9 Dec. 31/5: Three-quarter kelt — a mulatto.|
|AS IX:1 27: three-quarter kelt. A light-skinned Negro.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 265: Then he met a high-yellah gal, a three-quarter keltz, from down Harlem way, and she sent him to the dogs.‘Pork Chop Paradise’ in|