geld v : cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses); "the vet gelded the young horse" [syn: cut] [also: gelt]
- Rhymes: -ɛld
Etymology 1Medieval Latin geldum, Old English gield, "payment", "tribute". Confer Dutch geld, "money", German Geld, "money", Old Norse/Danish Tongue giald, "payment", Gothic gild, "tribute". Also confer "yield". Geld is also written gelt, or gild, and as such found in "Danegelt", and "wergild".
Etymology 2Confer the German, dialectal words gelten, "to be valid", and gelze, "castrated swine". Hence "gelding"
to castrate a male
distinguish Gelding Geld is a medieval (and modern Danish) name for a kind of tax like the Danegeld or the Heregeld. Also as in Geld rolls.