Definition of flay
- The hunter flayed the rabbit and prepared it for cooking.
- He was flayed by the media for his controversial comments.
- the wind whipped up to gale fury, flaying his face
- —Richard Kent
her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping
flayed their kill right there in the forest, taking both the meat and the skin home
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to beat or whip (someone or something) in a very violent and severe way
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