Nearby words

  1. splat,
  2. splatter,
  3. splatter film,
  4. splatter movie,
  5. splatterpunk,
  6. splayd,
  7. splayfoot,
  8. spleen,
  9. spleenful,
  10. spleenfully

Origin of splay

1300–50; Middle English; aphetic form of display

Related formsun·splayed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for splay

splay

adjective

spread out; broad and flat
turned outwards in an awkward manner

verb

to spread out; turn out or expand
(tr) vet science to dislocate (a joint)

noun

a surface of a wall that forms an oblique angle to the main flat surfaces, esp at a doorway or window opening
enlargement

Word Origin for splay

C14: short for display

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Word Origin and History for splay

splay

v.

"to spread out," early 14c., shortened form of desplayen (see display). Pp. adjective splayed "spread out" is attested from 1540s.

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