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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The capacity crowd was roaring during warmups, each subsequent turn though the layup line another chance at witnessing a powerful jam. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Zion Williamson makes thrilling Summer League debut before earthquake hits. Michael Porter Jr. can only watch.," 5 July 2019 Then again, he also got cheered for coming onto the floor for warm-ups, for dunks in the layup line and when his name got introduced as the fifth and final starter for the Pelicans in the pregame introductions. Tim Reynolds,, "Before a Las Vegas sellout, Zion Williamson only plays nine minutes in pro debut," 5 July 2019 Looney might also score in other ways besides putbacks and open layups. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevon Looney talks new deal with Warriors, Kevin Durant’s departure & possibly shooting 3’s," 5 July 2019 Zion opted to end a turn in warmups with a layup instead of a dunk, eliciting a raucous jeer from the soldout crowd. Jake Fischer,, "Zion Williamson Creates Raucous Atmosphere in Summer League Debut," 5 July 2019 Williamson put on a show before the game began with pregame dunks in the layup line. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson impresses in abbreviated debut at NBA Summer League," 27 June 2019 Nelson nailed a 3 and then made a steal and a layup during a sequence in the second half that gave the Lancers the lead for good. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Unusual family dynamic of TyTy, Roosevelt Washington fuels Cesar Chavez basketball at Section 7," 22 June 2019 And whatever future draft assets the Pelicans got, as well as any pick swap options, only strengthen the franchise’s position, particularly given that the Lakers sustaining long-term success is no layup at the moment. Jeremy Woo,, "Pelicans Have Opportunity for Fresh Start After Trading Anthony Davis to Lakers," 15 June 2019 That’s dusting the moth balls off Andrew Bogut and trusting him in key minutes to preserve the lead late in the third and early in the fourth quarter and being rewarded with three key layups. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Is coach Steve Kerr one of NBA's greatest? He will be if Warriors win this title," 4 June 2019

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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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