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gelt1

[gelt] /gɛlt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of geld1 .

gelt2

[gelt] /gɛlt/
noun, Slang.
1.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Yiddish < Middle High German geld money; in earlier British dial. uses < German or Dutch; see geld2

geld1

[geld] /gɛld/
verb (used with object), gelded or gelt, gelding.
1.
to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
2.
to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda
Related forms
gelder, noun
ungelded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gelt

gelt1

/ɡɛlt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) a past tense and past participle of geld1

gelt2

/ɡɛlt/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) cash or funds; money
Word Origin
C19: from Yiddish, from Old High German gelt reward

geld1

/ɡɛld/
verb (transitive) gelds, gelding, gelded, gelt
1.
to castrate (a horse or other animal)
2.
to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
Derived Forms
gelder, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren

geld2

/ɡɛld/
noun
1.
a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
Word Origin
Old English gield service, tax; related to Old Norse gjald tribute, Old Frisian jeld, Old High German gelt retribution, income
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Word Origin and History for gelt
n.

"money," 1520s, from German, Dutch gelt "gold, money" (see geld (n.)). In some later uses, from Yiddish.

adj.

past participle of geld (v.); hence, as an adjective, "castrated" (mid-15c.).

geld

n.

"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.).

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gelt

gelt

noun

Money: To let you guys get away with the gelt?

[1529+; fr German and Yiddish, literally ''gold'']


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