[ ley-awf, -of ]
/ ˈleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


the act of dismissing employees, especially temporarily.
a period of enforced unemployment or inactivity.

Origin of layoff

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay off

Can be confused

lay off layoff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Culture definitions for layoff


The temporary or permanent removal of a worker from his or her job, usually because of cutbacks in production or corporate reorganization.

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