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

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 The starting five for the Cougars had just allowed an easy layup to the scout team. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2022 The Ramblers never trailed in the second half after Tom Welch scored a go-ahead layup and then dished to Schwieger for a 3-pointer to put Loyola up 54-49. John Coon,, 6 Jan. 2022 The second was the game-winning shot — a similar look, but Emily Engstler faked the handoff and scored a layup with two seconds left. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 4 Jan. 2022 Fred VanVleet, playing for the first time since Dec. 18, scored a layup to push Toronto’s lead to three with 62 seconds to play, then drilled a three-pointer with 25 seconds left for a six-point cushion. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Twenty-five seconds later, when the point guard scored an acrobatic layup against two-time Pacers all-star Domantas Sabonis, the crowd exploded with cheers. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Dec. 2021 Brown scored a layup just before halftime, then hit a jumper to open the second as MSU built its lead to 18 and forced Gophers coach Ben Johnson to call timeout less than 3 minutes into the final half. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 Up 44-36 at halftime, the Wildcats went ahead 54-41 less than four minutes into the second half when Azuolas Tubelis scored off a layup, then stole an errant pass from Dexter Akanno and a dunked. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, 5 Dec. 2021 Whatever strategies the Blazers discussed at halftime didn’t work because the Warriors came out in the third quarter and pushed their lead to 72-52 with 7:37 remaining when Draymond Green scored a layup off of an assist from Curry. oregonlive, 26 Nov. 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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16 Jan 2022

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“Layup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of layup

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

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