from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past tense and a past participle of gild1.
  • adj. Covered with gold or gilt.
  • adj. Resembling gold, as in color or luster.
  • n. A thin layer of gold or something simulating gold that is applied in gilding.
  • n. Superficial brilliance or gloss.
  • n. Slang Money.
  • n. A young sow that has not farrowed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Gold or other metal in a thin layer; gilding.
  • n. Money.
  • n. A security issued by the Bank of England (see gilt-edged)
  • adj. golden coloured
  • n. A young female pig, at or nearing the age of first breeding.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of gild.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of gild.
  • n. A female pig, when young.
  • n. Gold, or that which resembles gold, laid on the surface of a thing; gilding.
  • n. Money.
  • Gilded; covered with gold; of the color of gold; golden yellow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Gilded.
  • Of the color of gold; bright-yellow.
  • n. The material used in gilding.
  • An obsolete variant of gild.
  • A simplified spelling of guilt.
  • n. Preterit of gild.
  • n. Money; geld.
  • n. A young female pig.
  • n. A Middle English form of guilt.
  • n. One of a class of thieves.
  • n. In archery, the innermost circle of the target; the gold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the deep slightly brownish color of gold
  • n. a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, young sow, from Old Norse gyltr.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See geld.



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  • The "young female pig" definition was new to me, too. I just came across it:

    "All the cattle brought handsome sums, and then it was the pigs' turn. One by one they were displayed: the gilts, the shoats, the cranky old sow and her litter of half-grown piglets."

    Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright, pp 239-240 of the 2002 hardcover edition

    July 12, 2011

  • Oh! I didn't even see the cartoon. It's great, oroboros!

    June 24, 2011

  • I'm just waaaaaaay outta the loop! (but wanted to link the cartoon at least).

    June 24, 2011

  • It's already on my swine list. :-)

    June 24, 2011

  • A young female pig...who knew?

    June 24, 2011

  • a young, female pig

    August 22, 2008