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[geld] /gɛld/
verb (used with object), gelded or gelt, gelding.
to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
Origin of geld1
1250-1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda
Related forms
gelder, noun
ungelded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gelded
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  • His orange-colored, long-haired Dandy won first prizes at the Boston shows of 1896 and 1897 in the gelded class.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • "Some of you maverick psis scream like a gelded porker," he said.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • Stigand held it in King Edwards day and it gelded for 54 hides and 21⁄2 virgates.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Tantone then is valued as a whole and it has gelded as a whole.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Outside York were some lands which gelded with the city; et in tribus operibus Regis cum civibus erant.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • He gelded the boy Sporus, and endeavoured to transform him into a woman.

  • This is as apparent in cattle as in eunuchs or gelded horses.

  • Hath no man stolen her ducks or hens, or gelded Gib, her cat?Diccon.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  • The weak and the faulty have been gelded and sent from the Garden or else killed.

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
  • Rouquin clipped dogs and gelded cats; he also frequented the inns.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for gelded


verb (transitive) gelds, gelding, gelded, gelt
to castrate (a horse or other animal)
to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
Derived Forms
gelder, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren


a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
Word Origin
Old English gield service, tax; related to Old Norse gjald tribute, Old Frisian jeld, Old High German gelt retribution, income
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Word Origin and History for gelded



"royal tax in medieval England," Old English gield "payment, tribute," from Proto-Germanic *geldam "payment" (cf. Middle High German gelt "payment, contribution," German geld "money," Old Norse gjald "payment," Gothic gild "tribute, tax"), from PIE root of yield (v.).


"to castrate," c.1300, from Old Norse gelda "castrate" from geldr "barren," from Proto-Germanic *galdu-, from PIE *ghel- "to cut." Related: Gelded. Cf. Old Norse geldr "yielding no milk, dry," Old High German galt "barren," said of a cow.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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