spay

verb \ ˈspā , nonstandard ˈspād \

Definition of spay

spayed play \ˈspād, nonstandard ˈspā-dəd\; spaying play \ˈspā-iŋ, nonstandard ˈspā-diŋ\
transitive verb
:to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)

Examples of spay in a Sentence

  1. Our cat has been spayed.

Recent Examples of spay from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of spay

Middle English, from Anglo-French espeer to pierce, castrate, from espee sword, from Latin spatha sword — more at spade


SPAY Defined for English Language Learners

spay

verb

Definition of spay for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the sex organs of (a female animal) : to make (a female animal) unable to have babies


SPAY Defined for Kids

spay

verb \ ˈspā \

Definition of spay for Students

spayed; spaying
:to remove the ovaries of (a female animal)
  • a spayed cat

Medical Dictionary

spay

transitive verb \ ˈspā \

medical Definition of spay

spayed; spaying
:to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up spay? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!