AskDefine | Define geld

Dictionary Definition

geld v : cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses); "the vet gelded the young horse" [syn: cut] [also: gelt]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Medieval 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".

Noun

geld

Etymology 2

Confer the German, dialectal words gelten, "to be valid", and gelze, "castrated swine". Hence "gelding"

Verb

  1. To castrate a male (usually an animal).
Translations
to castrate a male

Quotations

  • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 16-17
    "Poor old Topaz," said Mrs Flanders, as he stretched himself out in the sun, and she smiled, thinking how she had had him gelded, and how she did not like red hair in men.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. money

Verb

geld
  1. First person singular present of gelden.
  2. Imperative of gelden.

Extensive Definition

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.

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