Definition of geld in English:


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Pronunciation: /gɛld


[with object]
  • 1Castrate (a male animal).
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    • Mules and hinnies are virtually always sterile, but male mules should be gelded to keep them tractable.
    • No fillies were in the sale, and unless a horse has a top stallion pedigree, the Jockey Club gelds the horses before they go through the sale.
    • This horse is gelded, and will leave us all in peace.
    castrate, neuter, cut, desex, remove the testicles of; North American & Australian alter
    informal doctor, fix
    rare caponize, emasculate, eunuchize, evirate
  • 1.1Deprive of vitality or vigour: the English version of the book has been gelded
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    • Unfortunately, I found the obvious talents of him and the director to have been gelded along the way and prevented from reaching the level of punch and impact that I think could have otherwise been delivered.


Middle English: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr 'barren'.

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