[ lahy-doun ]
/ ˈlaɪˌdaʊn /

noun Chiefly British.

a nap.

Nearby words

  1. lie with,
  2. lie, marius sophus,
  3. lie, trygve halvdan,
  4. lie-abed,
  5. lie-by,
  6. lie-in,
  7. lieberkühn,
  8. lieberkühn's crypt,
  9. lieberkühn's follicle,
  10. liebermann

Origin of lie-down

First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase lie down


[ lahy ]
/ laɪ /

verb (used without object), lay, lain, ly·ing.


Verb Phrases

Origin of lie

before 900; Middle English lien, liggen, Old English licgan; cognate with German liegen, Dutch liggen, Old Norse liggja, Gothic ligan; akin to Greek léchesthai to lie down

Usage note

See lay1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lie down

lie down

verb (intr, adverb)

to place oneself or be in a prostrate position in order to rest or sleep
to accept without protest or opposition (esp in the phrases lie down under, take something lying down)

noun lie-down

a rest


/ (liː) /


Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)


/ (laɪ) /

verb lies, lying or lied

(intr) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
(intr) to convey a false impression or practise deceptionthe camera does not lie


an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
something that is deliberately intended to deceive
give the lie to
  1. to disprove
  2. to accuse of lying
Related formsRelated adjective: mendacious

Word Origin for lie

Old English lyge (n), lēogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan


/ (laɪ) /

verb lies, lying, lay (leɪ) or lain (leɪn) (intr)


Word Origin for lie

Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bed


See lay 1

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Word Origin and History for lie down
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Medicine definitions for lie down


[ lī ]


The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.

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Idioms and Phrases with lie down

lie down

Also, lie down on the job. Be remiss or lazy. For example, They fired Max because he was always lying down on the job. This expression alludes to lying down in the sense of “resting.” [Early 1900s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with lie

  • lie down
  • lie in
  • lie in state
  • lie in wait
  • lie low
  • lie through one's teeth
  • lie with

also see:

  • barefaced lie
  • give the lie to
  • (lie) in state
  • lay of the land (how the land lies)
  • let sleeping dogs lie
  • make one's bed and lie in it
  • take lying down
  • white lie
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