Origin of geltYiddish 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
Origin of geltYiddish, from Middle High German geld, from Old High German gelt, recompense.
- (rare) A lunatic.
From Irish geilt.
Variation of gilt.
- Simple past and past participle of geld
- A gelding.
From Middle High German gelt (Modern German Geld), from Old High German gelt (“payment, money”), from Proto-Germanic *geldą (“reward, gift, money”), from Proto-Indo-European *gheldh- (“to pay”). Reinforced by Yiddish געלט (gelt). Cognate with native geld, Dutch geld (“money”), Danish gjæld (“debt”), Swedish gäld (“debt”).
(usually uncountable, plural gelts)
From Yiddish געלט (gelt). See above for more.
Variant of geld
transitive verbgelded or gelt, gelding
- to castrate (esp. a horse)
- to deprive of anything essential; weaken
Origin of geldMiddle 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