geld (v.), past forms gelded, gelt Old form(s): gell'd
castrate, spay
MM II.i.219[Pompey to Escalus] Does your worship mean to geld and splay all the youth of the city?
MV V.i.144[Gratiano to Nerissa, of her ring] Would he were gelt that had it for my part
TNK IV.i.132[Gaoler's Daughter to First Friend, of male children] at ten years old / They must all be gelt for musicians [i.e. to avoid their voices breaking]
WT II.i.147[Antigonus to Leontes, of Antigonus' daughters] I'll geld them all
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