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adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. barren; sterile.
  2. (of a cow) not giving milk, from being in calf or from age.
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Origin of yeld

before 1100; Middle English; Old English gelde barren; cognate with German Gelt; akin to geld1
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Examples from the Web for yeld

Historical Examples

  • Dr Brandram drove back to Yeld in a dazed condition of mind.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The yeld of our corne-ground is also much after this rate folowing.

  • But Aunt Yeld stood always a little in advance, talking to herself.

  • Mr. Booth sayd that he wold yeld that to me that he wold not yeld to the bisshop nor any other.

  • "I don't think it answers," said Mrs. Yeld to her husband as they went home.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for yeld


adjective Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. (of an animal) barren or too young to bear young
  2. (of a cow) not yielding milk
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Word Origin

Old English gelde barren; related to geld 1
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