[ fley ]
/ fleɪ /
verb (used with object)
to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
to deprive or strip of money or property.
Origin of flay
before 900; Middle English flen, Old English flēan; cognate with Middle Dutch vlaen, Old Norse flā
OTHER WORDS FROM flayflay·er, nounun·flayed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for flayer
"By John the Flayer's pony," said Pete; and he laughed and made light of his night-long walk.The Manxman|Hall Caine
He could imagine the thousands watching grimly while the flayer used his knife.King--of the Khyber Rifles|Talbot Mundy
He is a treacherous dog and may the flayer get all such treacherous dogs!The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for flayer
/ (fleɪ) /
to strip off the skin or outer covering of, esp by whipping; skin
to attack with savage criticism
to strip of money or goods, esp by cheating or extortion
Derived forms of flayflayer, noun
Word Origin for flay
Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian pl e šti to tear
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