\ ˈgeld How to pronounce geld (audio) \
gelded; gelding; gelds

Definition of geld

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to castrate (an animal) Some old-timers will tell you that the horse will grow better if you wait until he's older to geld him, but I've found this isn't the case …Practical Horseman
2 : to deprive of a natural or essential part the legislation was pretty much gelded by the time it was passed



Definition of geld (Entry 2 of 2)

: the crown tax paid under Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings

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by the time of the fourth rewrite, the screenplay had pretty much been gelded of all originality

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Hagel named his 9-year-old buckskin gelding Shamrock, after his high school mascot, and Rumsfeld named his Montana, because the arid, mountainous landscape around the Mongolian capital reminded him of that state. Washington Post, "Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds," 9 Aug. 2019 One of her riders was Kailyn Rodriguez who competed with her 13-year-old warmblood gelding horse Filiberke in a couple of divisions. Emmett Hall,, "To avoid summer heat, equestrians and their horses compete in Jump the Moon," 1 Aug. 2019 Three weeks later, in the Belmont Stakes, the gelding sustained multiple fractures in his left leg and was put down. Joe Drape, New York Times, "At 52, Mike Smith Has the Ride of His Life," 9 June 2018 To avoid getting into a dangerous donkey situation in the first place, geld your donkey. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "How to Survive Encounters with Dangerous Animals," 7 May 2018 The horse that did it way back then was the chestnut gelding Apollo, named after the Greek god of many things, including the paradoxical powers to both heal and plague. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, "Justify Wins Kentucky Derby, Conquering Rain, Mud and a 136-Year Curse," 6 May 2018 He has been gelded since that start and posted a solid work here on Tuesday. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Saturday's races at Keeneland," 20 Apr. 2018 At the third to last fence, Poretz made his move and piloted the bay gelding home for the win in a time of 6:01 1/5. Maryanna Skowronski, The Aegis, "Zanclus takes My Lady's Manor Steeplechase on a beautiful day for racing," 15 Apr. 2018 According to owner Dan Hurtak, the plan was for jockey Jose Bautista to put the 5-year-old gelding right on the lead. Tim Dwyer,, "Coach Rocks’ beats favorite to win Gulfstream Park Oaks, earns trip to Kentucky Oaks," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of geld


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geld


Middle English, from Old Norse gelda; akin to Old English gelde sterile


Old English gield, geld service, tribute; akin to Old English gieldan to pay, yield — more at yield

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English Language Learners Definition of geld

: to remove the testicles of (a male animal and especially a horse or bull)
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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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