Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda, to geld.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse geldingr, from gelda ("to castrate"), whence also English geld (Etymology 2). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Specifically a full-grown male is called a gelding or stallion, the female is a mare.

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  • Hey McCain08 – if the gelding is such a one man one woman kind of person, how to you explain the manner in which he dumped his first wife – because he wanted to be 25 not 40.

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  • A coalition of horse advocates last month filed suit to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from castrating the stallions, also known as gelding.

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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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  • The gelding was a black with three white feet and a proudly held head -- might even be Denmark stock -- but for some reason he didn't relish moving in company.

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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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  • The gelding was her first equine star when she formed Jive Pony in 2005, and they made their debut in a muddy field at another game fair.

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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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