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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English spayen, spaien, from the Anglo-Norman espeier, equivalent to the Old French espeer (to cut with a sword), from espee (sword), whence the Modern French épée.

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VerbEdit

spay (third-person singular simple present spays, present participle spaying, simple past spayed, past participle spayed or (obsolete) spade)

  1. (transitive) To remove or destroy the ovaries (of an animal) so that it cannot become pregnant.
SynonymsEdit
  • castrate, emasculate (for a male)
  • geld (used almost always of animals, especially male horses)
  • neuter (used only of animals, especially pets)
  • sterilize (used for all species and for both genders)
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Etymology 2Edit

See spayard.

NounEdit

spay (plural spays)

  1. Rare spelling of spayard.

ReferencesEdit

  • spay” listed as a variant spelling of “spaya(ɹ)d, spayd”, listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

spay (third-person singular simple present spays, present participle spaying, simple past and past participle spayed)

  1. Alternative form of spae (to foretell or divine)

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch speye; compare Middle Dutch spoye.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

spay (plural spayes)

  1. sluice

ReferencesEdit

  • †spay, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Etymology 2Edit

See spayen.

VerbEdit

spay (third-person singular simple present spayeth, present participle spayinge, simple past and past participle spaied)

  1. Alternative infinitive of spayen.

ReferencesEdit

  • “spay, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Northern Middle English spā, from Old Norse spá (to foretell, prophesy), from Proto-Germanic *spahōną, *spēhōną (to observe), from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ- (to look). Cognate with Old High German spehōn (to peer, spy) (whence German spähen), Middle Dutch spien, spieden (to spy) (whence Dutch spieden). More at spy.

NounEdit

spay (plural spays)

  1. A prophecy; omen

VerbEdit

spay (third-person singular present spays, present participle spayin, past spayed, past participle spayed)

  1. Alternative form of spae