verb (used with object) . Veterinary Medicine to remove the ovaries of (an animal). Origin of spay 1 1375–1425; late Middle English spayen
to cut with a sword (
Old French espeer
), derivative of
épée Related forms un·spayed, adjective Can be confused spade spayed noun a three-year-old male red deer. Origin of spay 2 1375–1425; late Middle English < ?
spay·ad [ spey- uh d] /ˈspeɪ əd/
spay·ard [ spey-erd] /ˈspeɪ ərd/
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Related Words for spay castrate
antisepticize Examples from the Web for spay Historical Examples of spay British Dictionary definitions for spay verb (tr) to remove the ovaries, and usually the uterus, from (a female animal) Word Origin for spay
C15: from Old French
espeer to cut with the sword, from espee sword, from Latin spatha
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Word Origin and History for spay v.
early 15c., "stab with a sword, kill," also "remove the ovaries of," from Anglo-French
espeier "cut with a sword," from Middle French espeer, from Old French espee "sword" (French épée), from Latin spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)).
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v. To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.
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