One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Castrate (a male animal).
castrate, neuter, cut, desex, remove the testicles ofView synonyms
- ‘We always thought he was a good horse but we gelded him last year and it knocked him back and it has taken him until this year to come back.’
- ‘The seven-year-old has been a reformed character since being gelded last summer, winning valuable handicap hurdle races at Cheltenham and Newbury on his last two outings.’
- ‘We gelded him through the winter and he's come back in terrific form.’
- ‘The foreign gentlemen called their pet horses after them, and so fast and strong were they that every other male horse in England was gelded or turned into dogmeat, and only the trio were allowed anywhere near a mare.’
- ‘He was gelded after a promising two-year-old campaign in which he won one of five starts and finished second three times.’
- ‘Honoring Spanish custom, stallions are never gelded, long manes and tails are never clipped on the stallions, and the mares' tails are clipped in a fashion that tells age and status.’
- ‘The horse was gelded but chipped his knee as a three year old, missed a lot of racing, and changed trainers.’
- ‘He reacted as if it were an amiable proposal that he should visit the vet and be gelded.’
- ‘Unusually, he was an entire horse, who had not been gelded.’
- ‘This horse is gelded, and will leave us all in peace.’
- ‘Grabbing my arm, she began muttering an incantation that sounded a bit too similar to the one with which I had seen her geld a horse.’
- ‘An improved horse since being gelded in mid-season, it has run two cracking races since.’
- ‘But whatever happens on Saturday, it will keep racing: since the horse has been gelded, there is obviously no potential for lucrative stud fees.’
- ‘No fillies were in the sale, and unless a horse has a top stallion pedigree, the Jockey Club gelds the horses before they go through the sale.’
- ‘Unless the horse has a strong stallion pedigree, he is gelded.’
- ‘Mules and hinnies are virtually always sterile, but male mules should be gelded to keep them tractable.’
- ‘In what was at first thought to be stunning news from Europe, the horse is to be gelded and will embark on a new career in steeplechasing, not the breeding shed.’
- ‘The horse was gelded during the foot and mouth.’
- ‘Retired to stud at the conclusion of the 1998 season, he was later gelded when he failed to sire any foals.’
- ‘Since I turned him over to Steve, and since he was gelded, this horse has done very well.’
- 1.1 Deprive of vitality or vigour.‘the English version of the book has been gelded’
- ‘Unfortunately, I found the obvious talents of him and the director to have been gelded along the way and prevented from reaching the level of punch and impact that I think could have otherwise been delivered.’
Middle English: from Old Norse gelda, from geldr ‘barren’.
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