gelt definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Yiddish geld ; from Middle High German (a late-19th-c. borrowing): origin, originally (16th circa ) ; from German or Dutch geld, but fell out of use except dialectally: compare geld
gelt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Yiddish, from Middle High German geld, from Old High German gelt, recompense.
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