[ ley-bahy ]
/ ˈleɪˌbaɪ /


British. (on a road or railroad) a place beside the main road or track where vehicles may wait.
Nautical. a mooring place in a narrow river or canal, formed to one side so as to leave the channel free.

Nearby words

  1. lay to,
  2. lay to rest,
  3. lay up,
  4. lay vicar,
  5. lay waste,
  6. lay-up,
  7. layabout,
  8. layamon,
  9. layard,
  10. layard, sir austen henry

Origin of lay-by

First recorded in 1795–1805; noun use of verb phrase lay by Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lay-by

British Dictionary definitions for lay-by



British a place for drivers to stop at the side of a main road
nautical an anchorage in a narrow waterway, away from the channel
a small railway siding where rolling stock may be stored or parked
Australian, NZ and Southern African a system of payment whereby a buyer pays a deposit on an article, which is reserved for him until he has paid the full price

verb lay by (adverb)

(tr) to set aside or save for future needs
Also: lay to to cause (a sailing vessel) to stop in open water or (of a sailing vessel) to stop
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