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)
From the Middle English verb spayen.
- Rare spelling of spayard.