- a castrated male animal, especially a horse.
- a eunuch.
Origin of gelding
- 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 gelding
As a gelding, Mine That Bird obviously has no breeding future.
After gelding took care of that final problem, his career blossomed.
He went across to the hotel, tied the gelding at the rack, and sat down on the veranda.
Could they have outridden the gelding to such an extent as that?
In the meantime, three days had put the gelding in very fair condition.
With head bowed, shoulders hunched, he bent over the gelding.
She glanced at him sharply, then fell to pleating the gelding's mane.
- a castrated male horse
- 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 gelding
late 13c. (as a surname), from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda "castrate" (see geld (v.)).
"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.