from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A castrated animal, especially a male horse.

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  • n. a castrated male horse
  • n. any castrated male animal
  • n. a eunuch
  • v. Present participle of geld.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. from geld, v. t.
  • n. A castrated animal; -- usually applied to a horse, but formerly used also of the human male.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A castrated animal; specifically, a castrated horse.
  • n. A castrated man; a eunuch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. castrated male horse


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda, to geld.

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From Old Norse geldingr, from gelda ("to castrate"), whence also English geld (Etymology 2).


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  • The gelding was my father's pride and joy, and that summer was the first that I was given permission to practise manoeuvres on him.

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  • Temperamentally the gelding is a patient, plodding, beast of burden, and though under good grooming he may show considerable life, while under the control of his driver, he seldom shows any interest in other members of the horse family, either male or female, and in the pasture or on the ranch his neutral sex temperament is ever apparent.

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  • Sent to the sidelines following that effort, the gelding was a gate-to-wire winner of a July 5 Monmouth allowance last time out.

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  • When we located the owner, she told us her gelding was a QH and I just couldn't believe it - I couldn't explain to her why, but his conformation was all wrong.

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  • The gelding was a wide-margin winner on his reappearance at Wincanton, when he carried top weight in a handicap and hammered Mamlook by 10 lengths.

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