- a simple past tense and past participle of geld1.
Origin of gelt2
- to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
- to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
Origin of geld1
Examples from the Web for gelt
Gelt stags and bucks have hornless heads, like hinds and does.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2
The Calroza Sisters are sure some lookers and will give you a run for your gelt.Babbitt
Se e fr on sore lufe ne mg h dwelian, ne forhtian: heo gewissa, and gescylt, and gelt.
Gif he onne eft one deofol anrdlice forlǽt, onne gemt h eft s halgan Gastes gife, e his heortan onliht, and to Criste gelt.
Go on my ways with master mein, with my havresac on mein horse—poor teufel was I—but there was gelt in it.
- archaic, or dialect a past tense and past participle of geld 1
- slang, mainly US cash or funds; money
- to castrate (a horse or other animal)
- to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
- a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
Word Origin and History for gelt
"money," 1520s, from German, Dutch gelt "gold, money" (see geld (n.)). In some later uses, from Yiddish.
past participle of geld (v.); hence, as an adjective, "castrated" (mid-15c.).
"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.