lay·​up | \ ˈlā-ˌəp How to pronounce layup (audio) \

Definition of layup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of laying up or the condition of being laid up
2 : a shot in basketball made from near the basket usually by playing the ball off the backboard

lay up

laid up; laying up; lays up

Definition of lay up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to store up : lay by
2 : to disable or confine with illness or injury a knee injury laid him up for a week
3 : to take out of active service

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Examples of layup in a Sentence

Verb an eating disorder that would impel her to lay up candy bars in her closet for all-night food binges
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the guard defender is screened, the big man drops into the paint, preventing the layup at the rim and also the lob pass to the big man. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 The Celtics handled the Heat in Miami on Jan. 6, with Payton Pritchard scoring the winning layup after Boston blew a late lead., 9 May 2021 That would have been the smart play instead of trying to go up with that last layup attempt. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Then, after the Bulls again went up four, Butler came up with a steal, only to miss the transition layup ono the other end. Ira Winderman,, 26 Apr. 2021 After a Curry layup attempt bounced high off the rim, Green tipped the ball in to give the Warriors a 114-111 lead. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 When Houston’s Kelly Olynyk scored a quick layup, Clippers guard Reggie Jackson made two free throws with 4 seconds to play. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers erased a 16-point deficit and Norman Powell hit the winning layup with 22.8 seconds left as the Blazers beat the Spurs 107-106 on Friday in San Antonio. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2021 Hughes drove right to the rim and scored a layup, Carmel’s Brian Waddell needed to dribble back to find room to cross halfcourt. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of layup


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jun 2021

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“Layup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of layup

basketball : a shot made from a position that is very close to the basket

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