Origin of spayMiddle English spayen, aphetic ; from Anglo-French espeier ; from Old French espeer, to cut with a sword ; from espee, sword ; from Classical Latin spatha: see spade
transitive verbspayed, spay·ing, spays
Origin of spayMiddle English spaien, from Anglo-Norman espeier, to cut with a sword, from espee, sword, from Latin spatha; see spathe.
(third-person singular simple present spays, present participle spaying, simple past spayed, past participle spayed or (obsolete) spade)
- To remove or destroy the ovaries (of an animal) in order that it cannot become pregnant.
From the Middle English verb spayen.
- Rare spelling of spayard.