An example of splay is to spread apart the fingers on a hand.
- to spread out or apart; expand; extend: often with out
- to make or be beveled or sloping
Origin of splayMiddle English splaien, aphetic from displaien, to display
- a sloping or beveled surface or angle, as of the side of a doorway
- a spreading; expansion; enlargement
Origin of splay< the v.
- sloping, spreading, or turning outward
- broad and flat
- awkwardly awry
verbsplayed, splay·ing, splays
- To spread (the limbs, for example) out or apart: The dog rolled on its back and splayed its legs.
- To make slanting or sloping; bevel: splayed the edge of the tabletop.
- To dislocate (a bone). Used of an animal.
- To be spread out or apart: After work, he splayed out on the couch.
- To slant or slope.
- Spread or turned out.
- Clumsy or clumsily formed; awkward.
Origin of splayMiddle English splayen short for displayen ; see display.
(third-person singular simple present splays, present participle splaying, simple past and past participle splayed)
- To display; to spread.
- To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
- To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.
(comparative more splay, superlative most splay)
- Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.
- 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.
From Middle English, an abbreviated form of display.