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gelding

[gel-ding] /ˈgɛl dɪŋ/
noun
1.
a castrated male animal, especially a horse.
2.
a eunuch.
Origin of gelding
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Old Norse word geldingr. See geld1, -ing3

geld1

[geld] /gɛld/
verb (used with object), gelded or gelt, gelding.
1.
to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
2.
to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda
Related forms
gelder, noun
ungelded, adjective
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  • He went across to the hotel, tied the gelding at the rack, and sat down on the veranda.

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  • Could they have outridden the gelding to such an extent as that?

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  • In the meantime, three days had put the gelding in very fair condition.

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  • With head bowed, shoulders hunched, he bent over the gelding.

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  • She glanced at him sharply, then fell to pleating the gelding's mane.

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  • On, on, until now the gelding had poked his nose past the filly's flying hocks.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The weary miles had taught the gelding submission if not perfect manners.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • His horse's head hung low as the gelding blew in gusty snorts.

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British Dictionary definitions for gelding

gelding

/ˈɡɛldɪŋ/
noun
1.
a castrated male horse
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse geldingr; see geld1, -ing1

geld1

/ɡɛld/
verb (transitive) gelds, gelding, gelded, gelt
1.
to castrate (a horse or other animal)
2.
to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
Derived Forms
gelder, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren

geld2

/ɡɛld/
noun
1.
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 gelding
n.

late 13c. (as a surname), from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda "castrate" (see geld (v.)).

geld

n.

"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.).

geld

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.

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