[ gel-ding ]
/ ˈgɛl dɪŋ /


a castrated male animal, especially a horse.
a eunuch.

Nearby words

  1. gelato,
  2. gelber,
  3. gelcap,
  4. geld,
  5. gelderland,
  6. geldof,
  7. gelechiid,
  8. gelibolu,
  9. gelid,
  10. gelidity

Origin of gelding

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Old Norse word geldingr. See geld1, -ing3


[ 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

1250–1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda

Related formsgeld·er, nounun·geld·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gelding


/ (ˈɡɛldɪŋ) /


a castrated male horse

Word Origin for gelding

C14: from Old Norse geldingr; see geld 1, -ing 1


/ (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


/ (ɡɛld) /


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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