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1 [geld]
verb (used with object), gelded or gelt, gelding.
to castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
to take strength, vitality, or power from; weaken or subdue.

1250–1300; Middle English gelden < Old Norse gelda

gelder, noun
ungelded, adjective
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geld1 (ɡɛld)
vb , gelds, gelding, gelded, gelt
1.  to castrate (a horse or other animal)
2.  to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken
[C13: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren]

geld2 (ɡɛld)
a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
[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 & History

"royal tax in Medieval England," O.E. gield "payment, tribute" (cf. M.H.G. gelt "payment, contribution," Ger. geld "money," O.N. gjald "payment," Goth. gild "tribute, tax"), from PIE base of yield (q.v.).

"to castrate," c.1300, from O.N. gelda "castrate," from geldr "barren," from P.Gmc. *galdu- (cf. O.H.G. galt "barren," said of a cow). The noun gelding (1296) is from O.N. geldingr.
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