From Middle English yielden, yelden, ȝelden, from Old English ġieldan, from Proto-West Germanic *geldan, from Proto-Germanic *geldaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ-.
Cognate with Scots yield ("to yield"), North Frisian jilden ("to pay"), Saterland Frisian Saterland Frisian jäilde ("to be valid; matter; count; be worth"), West Frisian jilde ("to pay"), Low German Low German gellen, Dutch gelden ("to apply, count, be valued, be regarded"), German gelten ("to apply, count, be valued, be regarded"), Icelandic gjalda ("to pay, yield, give"), Norwegian Bokmål gjelde.
From Middle English ȝeld, from Old English ġild, ġield, from Proto-West Germanic *geld, from Proto-Germanic *geldą ("reward, gift, money"), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- ("to pay").
Compare West Frisian jild, Dutch geld, Low German and German Geld, Danish gjæld, Swedish gäld, Icelandic gjald. See also geld.
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