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Seld vs Geld - What's the difference?

seld | geld |

As an adjective seld

is rare, uncommon.

As an adverb seld

is seldom.

As a noun geld is

money; notably.

As a verb geld is

to castrate a male (usually an animal).




(en adjective)
  • (archaic) Rare, uncommon.
  • Unusual, unwonted.
  • Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete, or, dialectal, Scotland) Seldom.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.191:
  • knowing how far such an amitie is from the common use, and how seld seene and rarely found, I looke not to finde a competent judge.

    Derived terms

    * (l)


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m) and is also written (m) or (m), and as such found in (m), (m), etc. Probably reinforced by (m) (which see).


    (en noun)
  • Money; notably:
  • # A tribute
  • # A compensation, notably a financial one
  • # A ransom.
  • # A medieval form of Land Tax
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . "gelding" derives from (etyl) (m).


  • To castrate a male (usually an animal).
  • * 1922, , Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 16-17
  • ''"Poor old Topaz," said Mrs Flanders, as he stretched himself out in the sun, and she smiled, thinking how she had had him gelded , and how she did not like red hair in men.