- The definition of a gelding is a castrated horse.
A male horse that has had his testicles removed is an example of a gelding.
gelding definition by Webster's New World
- a gelded animal; esp., a castrated male horse
- Archaic a eunuch
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse geldingr: see geld plush -ing
gelding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda, to geld.
Variant of geld
- to castrate (esp. a horse)
- to deprive of anything essential; weaken
Origin: Middle English gelden ; from Old Norse gelda, to castrate ; from geldr, barren ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhel-, to cut from source Old Welsh gylym, knife, Old Norse gylta, sow, Gothic giltha, scythe