Meaning of spay in English:


Pronunciation /speɪ/

Translate spay into Spanish


[with object]
  • Sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries.

    ‘the animals must be spayed or neutered before they are given up for adoption’
    • ‘Spaying your pet before her first heat will significantly reduce her chances of developing breast cancer later in life.’
    • ‘By spaying your cat, you can prevent several unwanted behaviors.’
    • ‘Nearly 71,000 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered over the four-year period.’
    • ‘People abandon their pets, and these animals are not spayed or neutered.’
    • ‘The emphasis on spaying females is critically important.’
    • ‘Cats are astonishingly effective breeders, and spaying one female can prevent the birth of 36,000 kittens within just five years.’
    • ‘The only answer is to have your animal spayed or neutered.’
    • ‘You might also want to kindly discuss spaying / neutering with your neighbors.’
    • ‘Spaying and neutering ensures that your pet cannot reproduce.’
    • ‘I had my house rabbit spayed a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘She estimates that over the years she has picked up as many as 100 strays and had them spayed or neutered.’
    • ‘We have no by-laws forcing pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.’
    • ‘I think it's practical to spay and neuter deer to gradually decrease the population.’
    • ‘Does the policy cover neutering or spaying costs?’
    • ‘At least five dogs had died at the Humane Society because of heat conditions there and negligent spaying and neutering.’
    castrate, geld, cut, emasculate


Late Middle English shortening of Old French espeer ‘cut with a sword’, from espee ‘sword’, from Latin spatha (see spathe).