Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

lay up

verb

Definition of lay up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to store up :  lay by

  3. 2 :  to disable or confine with illness or injury <a knee injury laid him up for a week>

  4. 3 :  to take out of active service



Examples of lay up

  1. <an eating disorder that would impel her to lay up candy bars in her closet for all-night food binges>



14th Century

First Known Use of lay up

14th century



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet kittly-benders pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ