- to spread out, expand, or extend.
- to form with an oblique angle; make slanting; bevel.
- to make with a splay or splays.
- to disjoin; dislocate.
- to have an oblique or slanting direction.
- to spread or flare.
- Architecture. a surface that makes an oblique angle with another, as where the opening through a wall for a window or door widens from the window or door proper toward the face of the wall.
- spread out; wide and flat; turned outward.
- clumsy or awkward.
- oblique or awry.
Origin of splay
Examples from the Web for splayed
Contemporary Examples of splayed
Blankets, overnight bags, sleeping bags, pillows, iPads, books, and students were splayed throughout the building.Inside the NYU Refugee Camp for Displaced Students
Kevin Fallon, Abby Haglage
November 1, 2012
Gucci kicked it up a notch with high hemlines, tight key-hole dresses and splayed bust-lines.'Molto Sexy' in Milan
September 29, 2009
Historical Examples of splayed
He looked him over, with open contempt, from bald head to splayed feet.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
The hoop on which he was splayed turned slowly one way and then back the other.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
Their jambs are splayed at an angle that would allow about 12 ins.Bell's Cathedrals: The Church of St. Martin Canterbury
C. F. Routledge
The Perpendicular clearstorey windows have their rims moulded, but are not splayed.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon
Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
I should also observe another feature common to both these windows, namely, that it is only the jambs that are splayed.Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1
James Y. Simpson
- spread out; broad and flat
- turned outwards in an awkward manner
- to spread out; turn out or expand
- (tr) vet science to dislocate (a joint)
- a surface of a wall that forms an oblique angle to the main flat surfaces, esp at a doorway or window opening
Word Origin for splay
Word Origin and History for splayed
"to spread out," early 14c., shortened form of desplayen (see display). Pp. adjective splayed "spread out" is attested from 1540s.