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geld

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[geld]
verb (used with object), geld·ed or gelt, geld·ing.
  1. to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
  2. to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
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Origin of geld

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

emasculate, neuter, fix, sterilize, spay, alter, unman, eunuchize

Examples from the Web for gelded

Historical Examples of gelded

  • "Some of you maverick psis scream like a gelded porker," he said.

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    Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett

  • This is as apparent in cattle as in eunuchs or gelded horses.

  • Tantone then is valued as a whole and it has gelded as a whole.

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    Frederic William Maitland

  • He gelded the boy Sporus, and endeavoured to transform him into a woman.

  • Those that live by agriculture should not allow a bull to be gelded.


British Dictionary definitions for gelded

geld

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verb gelds, gelding, gelded or gelt (tr)
  1. to castrate (a horse or other animal)
  2. to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
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Derived Formsgelder, noun

Word Origin for geld

C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren

geld

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noun
  1. a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
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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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Word Origin and History for gelded

geld

n.

"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.).

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geld

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.

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