geld

1
[geld]

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.

Nearby words

  1. gelatinous,
  2. gelation,
  3. gelato,
  4. gelber,
  5. gelcap,
  6. gelderland,
  7. gelding,
  8. geldof,
  9. gelechiid,
  10. gelibolu

Origin of geld

1
1250–1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda

Related formsgeld·er, nounun·geld·ed, adjective

geld

2
[geld]

noun English History.

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

Origin of geld

2
1600–10; < Medieval Latin geldum payment, tribute < Germanic; compare Old English geld, German Geld

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British Dictionary definitions for geld

geld

1

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

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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