spay

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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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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 and/or uterus (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(ɹ)d, spayd”, listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

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 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, first-/third-person singular past indicative 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, *spehōną (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.

Noun[edit]

spay (plural spays)

  1. A prophecy; omen

Verb[edit]

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

  1. Alternative form of spae