- 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 gelded
"Some of you maverick psis scream like a gelded porker," he said.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
This is as apparent in cattle as in eunuchs or gelded horses.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
Tantone then is valued as a whole and it has gelded as a whole.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
He gelded the boy Sporus, and endeavoured to transform him into a woman.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete
C. Suetonius Tranquillus
Those that live by agriculture should not allow a bull to be gelded.
- 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 gelded
"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.