geld

1
[ geld ]
/ gɛld /

verb (used with object), geld·ed or gelt, geld·ing.

to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.

Origin of geld

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1250–1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda
Related formsgeld·er, nounun·geld·ed, adjective

Definition for geld (2 of 2)

geld

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[ geld ]
/ gɛld /

noun English History.

a payment; tax.
a tax paid to the crown by landholders under the Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings.

Origin of geld

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1600–10; < Medieval Latin geldum payment, tribute < Germanic; compare Old English geld, German Geld
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British Dictionary definitions for geld (1 of 2)

geld

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/ (ɡɛld) /

verb gelds, gelding, gelded or gelt (tr)

to castrate (a horse or other animal)
to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
Derived Formsgelder, noun

Word Origin for geld

C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren

British Dictionary definitions for geld (2 of 2)

geld

2
/ (ɡɛld) /

noun

a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England

Word Origin for geld

Old English gield service, tax; related to Old Norse gjald tribute, Old Frisian jeld, Old High German gelt retribution, income
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