- to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
- to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
Origin of geld1
- a payment; tax.
- a tax paid to the crown by landholders under the Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings.
Origin of geld2
Examples from the Web for geld
Geld, money, has no connection with gold, but is cognate with Eng.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Does your worship mean to geld and splay all the youth of the city?Measure for Measure
Power came to him with travail and through toil, the geld of craft and of force.Harold, Complete
A manerium does not cease to be a manerium by being freed from geld.
The petty maneria of Suffolk, what can they be but holdings which geld by themselves?
- 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 geld
"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.