splay

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, an abbreviated form of display.

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splay (third-person singular simple present splays, present participle splaying, simple past and past participle splayed)

  1. To display; to spread.
    • Gascoigne
      our ensigns splayed
  2. To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
  3. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To spay; to castrate.
  4. To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Oxf. Gloss to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

splay (comparative more splay, superlative most splay)

  1. Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.
    • M. Arnold
      Something splay, something blunt-edged, unhandy, and infelicitous.

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Noun[edit]

splay (plural splays)

  1. A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or window, by which the opening is made larger at one face of the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces than it is between them.

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