Origin of splay

1300–50; Middle English; aphetic form of display

OTHER WORDS FROM splay

un·splayed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for splay

splay
/ (spleɪ) /

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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