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[yeld] /yɛld/
adjective, Scot. and North England
barren; sterile.
(of a cow) not giving milk, from being in calf or from age.
Origin of yeld
before 1100; Middle English; Old English gelde barren; cognate with German Gelt; akin to geld1 Unabridged
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  • Dr Brandram drove back to yeld in a dazed condition of mind.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • But Aunt yeld stood always a little in advance, talking to herself.

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • Mrs. yeld, the bishop's wife, was sitting next to the priest, and was in truth somewhat afraid of her neighbour.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. Booth sayd that he wold yeld that to me that he wold not yeld to the bisshop nor any other.

  • The yeld of our corne-ground is also much after this rate folowing.

  • "I don't think it answers," said Mrs. yeld to her husband as they went home.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Two days later he reached the hotel in London with a yeld label on his trunk.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Next day the funeral took place in the family vault at the little churchyard of yeld.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • In the library was assembled a small but select audience to do Mr Pottinger, the yeld attorney, honour.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • However, on the whole the result was passable, and that evening Tom slunk down to yeld post office with a bundle under his arm.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for yeld


adjective (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
(of an animal) barren or too young to bear young
(of a cow) not yielding milk
Word Origin
Old English gelde barren; related to geld1
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