- Splay is defined as to spread out.
An example of splay is to spread apart the fingers on a hand.
splay definition by Webster's New World
- to spread out or apart; expand; extend: often with out
- to make or be beveled or sloping
Origin: Middle 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: < the v.
- sloping, spreading, or turning outward
- broad and flat
- awkwardly awry
splay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Spread or turned out.
- Clumsy or clumsily formed; awkward.
- To spread (the limbs, for example) out or apart, especially clumsily.
- To make slanting or sloping; bevel.
- To dislocate (a bone). Used of an animal.
- To be spread out or apart.
- To slant or slope.
Origin: From Middle English splayen, to spread out, short for displayen; see display.