spay

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the Middle English verb spayen.

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Verb[edit]

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.
Synonyms[edit]
  • 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 2[edit]

See spayard.

Noun[edit]

spay (plural spays)

  1. Rare spelling of spayard.

References[edit]

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

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch speye; compare Middle Dutch spoye.

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Noun[edit]

spay (plural spayes)

  1. sluice

References[edit]

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

Etymology 2[edit]

See spayen.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. Alternative infinitive of spayen.

References[edit]

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

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Northern Middle English spā, from Old Norse spá (to foretell, prophesy), from Proto-Germanic *spahōną, *spēhōną (to observe), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peḱ- (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.

Noun[edit]

spay (plural spays)

  1. A prophecy; omen

Verb[edit]

spay

  1. To foretell, prophesy

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