lay·​up | \ˈlā-ˌəp \

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

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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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Yet, after an Erica McCall layup with 3:37 left in the first quarter that gave Indiana an 18-16 lead, the visitors scored the next seven points and never trailed again. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Fever go to overtime but can't get first win of year," 12 June 2018 The same could be said, though, of Golden State's collective onslaught of layups and dunks. Rob Mahoney,, "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Golden State Terrorized Cleveland at the Rim," 7 June 2018 Al Horford scored a layup over Robert Covington with 5.5 seconds left to give the Celtics a 99-98 lead. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Boston Celtics stun Philadelphia 76ers in overtime, take commanding 3-0 series lead," 5 May 2018 When Connaughton converted a driving layup with 6.1 seconds remaining, the Blazers were on the verge of the unthinkable, having erased what was once a 24-point deficit to pull even at 94-94. Special To The Oregonian,, "Chris Paul spoils improbable 4th-quarter comeback by Portland Trail Blazers," 5 Apr. 2018 Wagner’s layup with 10:59 left in the opening half, his fourth in four attempts, gave the Wolverines their largest lead at seven. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Less Moe Wagner, too much Donte DiVincenzo turned tide against Michigan," 3 Apr. 2018 Then, in an overtime loss to New Orleans right after the All-Star break, Dragic sent the game to an extra period with a putback layup with 14 seconds to go. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "With Dwyane Wade out, Goran Dragic stepped into closer role, delivered versus Lakers | Miami Herald," 17 Mar. 2018 Shamaya Behanan’s layup with 1:06 left in overtime gave Clark County the lead for good at 35-33. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Girls Sweet 16 | Mercer County survives contact-lens issue and free-throw woes to advance," 9 Mar. 2018 The final one came when Ryle junior Juliet McGregor scored a layup with two minutes to play. James Weber,, "Ryle outlasts Simon Kenton in Sweet 16 thriller," 8 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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English Language Learners Definition of layup

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

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