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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Oladipo's layup was rejected, and many thought that was goaltending. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Victor Oladipo questioned himself after trade to Pacers," 5 July 2018 On the ensuing possession, Jayson Tatum scored a cutting layup with 22.5 points to play. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' magical season ended by Celtics in NBA playoffs," 10 May 2018 James' layup with 30.2 seconds to go gave Cleveland a 102-96 advantage. Joe Vardon,, "It's still LeBron season in Cleveland as Cavaliers beat Pacers in Game 7, 105-101," 29 Apr. 2018 Canada converted a driving, twisting, highlight-reel-worthy layup with 1 minute to play, and followed it with a coast-to-coast effort after collecting a long rebound. Todd Engle Special To The Star, kansascity, "UCLA women move on to Elite Eight with 84-75 win over Texas at Sprint Center | The Kansas City Star," 24 Mar. 2018 Angola made a layup 20 seconds later to extend the lead to six points. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Florida State overwhelms Gonzaga, reaches Elite 8 for first time since 1993," 23 Mar. 2018 The Nets led 82-59 after Carroll’s layup with 6:13 left in the third quarter before the Hornets started to chip away as Howard had nine points to pace a 16-5 run to head into the fourth quarter trailing 87-75. Adry Torres,, "Dwight Howard (32 points, 30 rebounds) dominant for Hornets," 22 Mar. 2018 McMahon's driving layup made it 14, and Nwora's 3 got the crowd whipped up. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball stops Middle Tennessee State, advances to NIT quarterfinals," 18 Mar. 2018 An off-balance layup by Foster didn’t go and Riggs made both of her ensuing free throws with 5.6 seconds to go to extend Oakland Mills’ lead to 47-43. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Oakland Mills girls basketball holds off Glenelg, 47-45, to advance to 2A South region final," 2 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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