1

splay

verb \ ˈsplā \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of splay

1 : to cause to spread outward
2 : to make oblique : bevel
1 : to extend apart or outward especially in an awkward manner
2 : slope, slant

Examples of splay in a Sentence

  1. He sat with his legs splayed apart.

  2. She splayed her fingers to show off her manicure.

  3. His fingers splayed out over the table as he steadied himself.

Recent Examples of splay from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'splay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of splay

Middle English, short for displayen — more at display


2

splay

noun

Definition of splay

1 : a slope or bevel especially of the sides of a door or window

Recent Examples of splay from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'splay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of splay

circa 1508

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

3

splay

adjective

Definition of splay

1 : turned outward
  • splay knees

First Known Use of splay

1548

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

splay

Definition of splay for English Language Learners

  • : to move (things, especially your legs, fingers, etc.) out and apart from each other



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up splay? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

talkative or wordy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!