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

His basketball coach scoffed when his right-handed layups smacked off the backboard. Sam Fortier,, "Why aren’t there any left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019 From his dribble moves to his passes to his layups, Irving is one of the flashiest players in the league. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Celebrating National Hot Dog Day by examining the biggest hot-doggers in sports," 17 July 2019 The Sun had four turnovers and a shot clock violation but after a Stricklen layup, trailed 36-30 with 38 seconds left in the half. Lori Riley,, "Sun spoil Taurasi’s season debut, beat Phoenix 79-64 to snap five-game skid," 13 July 2019 One camper had a big moment of his own Wednesday, completing a layup, free throw and 3-pointer in 15 seconds as the rest of the kids and staff counted down. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Spreading the love of the game: A day inside Chris Mack's Louisville basketball camp," 21 June 2019 Ohio State hosting Wisconsin on Oct. 26 also is not a layup. Josh Newman, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football bold predictions: Michigan gets to title game ... and loses?," 22 July 2019 Late in the second quarter, leading 54-43, Draymond Green blocked a Kyle Lowry layup. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "NBA institutes coach challenges; 5 times one would have come in handy for Steve Kerr," 10 July 2019 Simons finished with a summer league-high 35 points but tweaked his ankle late on a potential game-tying layup in the final seconds., "Portland Trail Blazers fall to Utah Jazz, 97-93, in Las Vegas Summer League despite 35 from Anfernee Simons: Live updates recap," 9 July 2019 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

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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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