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


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

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Consecutive baskets by Durr and a steal and layup by Dana Evans boosted the lead to 44-28 after three. John Kekis, The Seattle Times, "Fuehring, Durr lead Louisville past Oregon State 61-44," 29 Mar. 2019 Coming off that close call, Eric Bledsoe scored a layup and got a foul, grabbed a steal and threw down a dunk. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 116, Warriors 107: Defense sets the tone during game-changing run," 30 Mar. 2018 Fultz made up for that by scoring a layup on an assist from Embiid with 1:41 left in the quarter. Keith Pompey,, "Markelle Fultz finishes with 10 points, 8 assists in Sixers' 123-104 victory over Nuggets," 26 Mar. 2018 AJ Mayer scored a layup on a nifty, athletic drive following his offensive rebound. James Weber,, "Covington Catholic's Fredrick prefers state title to Mr. Basketball: 'It's just an award.'," 18 Mar. 2018 Draymond Green was called for a technical foul in the second quarter for arguing a foul call after his contest on a LeBron James layup. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Draymond Green's poke left a terrifying mark on LeBron James' eye," 31 May 2018 Ross dribbled upcourt and hurled the ball to Mario Hezonja, who scored on a layup. Josh Robbins,, "Terrence Ross returns as Magic lose to Raptors 112-101," 9 Apr. 2018 Myisha Hines-Allen looked to get the final word for Louisville on a spinning layup with 11.3 seconds left to play, but the Cardinals elected not to foul on the next possession. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's season ends in Final Four with OT loss to Mississippi State," 30 Mar. 2018 By the time Tate scored on a layup with 1:25 left in the first half, Carmel had reeled off 20 consecutive points. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Like it has all season long, Warren Central finds a way to win," 24 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of layup was in the 14th century

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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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