gelding


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gelding

a castrated male animal; a eunuch
Not to be confused with:
gilding – the application of gold leaf; something used to create a deceptively alluring aspect

geld·ing

 (gĕl′dĭng)
n.
A castrated animal, especially a male horse.

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

gelding

(ˈɡɛldɪŋ)
n
(Animals) a castrated male horse
[C14: from Old Norse geldingr; see geld1, -ing1]

geld•ing

(ˈgɛl dɪŋ)

n.
1. a castrated male animal, esp. a horse.
2. Archaic. a eunuch.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse geldingr. See geld1, -ing3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gelding - castrated male horsegelding - castrated male horse      
male horse - the male of species Equus caballus
Translations
valach
ruuna

gelding

[ˈgeldɪŋ] Ncaballo m castrado

gelding

[ˈgɛldɪŋ] nhongre m

gelding

nkastriertes Tier, Kastrat m (spec); (= horse)Wallach m

gelding

[ˈgɛldɪŋ] ncastrone m
References in classic literature ?
The old count's horse, a sorrel gelding called Viflyanka, was led by the groom in attendance on him, while the count himself was to drive in a small trap straight to a spot reserved for him.
and as if scorning to say more to the frightened and shamefaced count, he lashed the heaving flanks of his sweating chestnut gelding with all the anger the count had aroused and flew off after the hounds.
On the day before Christmas, Jake packed the things we were sending to the Shimerdas in his saddle-bags and set off on grandfather's grey gelding. When he mounted his horse at the door, I saw that he had a hatchet slung to his belt, and he gave grandmother a meaning look which told me he was planning a surprise for me.
Fedot, don't let out the gelding, but take it to the trough, and we'll put the other in harness."
Nor is the first sixth a fit day for a girl to be born, but a kindly for gelding kids and sheep and for fencing in a sheep-cote.
The Principal and instrument soon drove off together to a stable-yard in High Holborn, where a remarkably fine grey gelding, worth, at the lowest figure, seventy-five guineas (not taking into account the value of the shot he had been made to swallow for the improvement of his form), was to be parted with for a twenty-pound note, in consequence of his having run away last week with Mrs Captain Barbary of Cheltenham, who wasn't up to a horse of his courage, and who, in mere spite, insisted on selling him for that ridiculous sum: or, in other words, on giving him away.
He can take the gray gelding; for we may ride fast.
There lies the trophy of my sword, that good grey gelding, whom I heartily wish upon his legs again, conditioning his master lay there houghed in his place.
Presently after which he took his leave; saying his house was in such disorder that it was necessary for him to make haste home, to take care his daughter did not give him the slip; and as for Jones, he swore if he caught him at his house, he would qualify him to run for the geldings' plate.
She did not perceive that she was talking like her father as the sleek geldings ambled in review before them.
They're payin' for 'em, in the cities, every day in the year, seven an' eight hundred a pair, matched geldings, four years old.
Going a mile-and-a-quarter in the feature race 10 at Century Mile, Nelson combined with the three-year-old bay gelding to nip 4-1 bet Explode at the wire by a neck in a time of two minutes, 01.52 seconds, in a tight duel down the lane.