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splay

verb \ ˈsplā \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of splay

transitive verb
1 : to cause to spread outward
2 : to make oblique : bevel
intransitive verb
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.

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Origin and Etymology of splay

Middle English, short for displayen — more at display


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splay

noun

Definition of splay

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

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First Known Use of splay

circa 1508


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splay

adjective

Definition of splay

1 : turned outward
  • splay knees

First Known Use of splay

1548


SPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

splay

verb

Definition of splay for English Language Learners

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



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