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flay

Definition:

to strip the skin off

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Past tense:

flayed

Present participle:

flaying

3rd-person singular present:

flays

Type of:

skin » strip » remove

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English flayen, flaien, fleien, from Old English *flīeġan ("to cause to...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

flay | fley | skin [synonym, sense-specific] | scare [synonym, sense-specific] | flayer [noun, derived]

to strip off the skin or outer covering of, especially by whipping; skin | to attack with savage criticism | to strip of money or goods, especially by ... (26 of 452 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flay

Merriam-Webster:

flay | skin [synonym, sense-specific] | excoriate [synonym, sense-specific] | lash [sense-specific, synonym] | baste [synonym, sense-specific] | bawl out [synonym, sense-specific] | berate [synonym, sense-specific] | call down [synonym, sense-specific] | castigate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to strip off the skin or surface of; "skin" | to criticize harshly; "excoriate" | "lash" [sense-specific] (15 of 199 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flay

Wikipedia:

Flay [disambiguation]

may refer to: Flay Allster, a fictional character in the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED | Flaying, the removal of skin from the body | Mr. Flay, a fictional character in the Gormenghast novels | Flay:vt. to strip the skin from, as by whipping; to... (42 of 111 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Flay

Oxford Dictionary:

flay | flayer [derived]

strip the skin off (a corpse or carcass) | strip (the skin) off a corpse or carcass | whip or beat (someone) so harshly as to remove their skin | ... (27 of 97 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flay

Wiktionary:

flay | flays [plural] | flayed [past tense] | flain [obsolete, past participle] | flaying [present participle] | fla [Yorkshire, sense-specific] | fley [Yorkshire, sense-specific] | flee [Yorkshire, sense-specific] | fly [Yorkshire, sense-specific] | ...

[transitive, UK dialectal, northern England, Scottish] To cause to fly; put to flight; drive off (by frightening). | [transitive, UK dialectal, northern England, Scottish] To frighten; scare; terrify. | [intransitive, UK dialectal, northern England, ... (32 of 81 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flay

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flay [transitive] | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

to hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken | to remove the outer layer of something, usually the skin of an animal | to ... (29 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flay

American Heritage Dictionary:

flay | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present] | flayer [noun, related]

To strip off the skin or outer covering of. | To strip of money or goods; fleece. | To whip or lash. | To assail with stinging criticism; excoriate. (26 of 44 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flay

New World Dictionary:

flay

to strip off the skin or hide of, as by whipping | to criticize or scold mercilessly | to rob; pillage (19 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flay

Cambridge Dictionary:

flay

to remove the skin from a person's or animal's body | to whip a person or animal so hard that some of their skin comes off (25 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flay

Random House Dictionary:

flay

to strip off the skin or outer covering of. | to criticize or scold with scathing severity. | to deprive or strip of money or property. (24 of 32 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/flay

Columbia Encyclopedia:

skin | integumentary system | dermis | epidermis

the flexible tissue (integument) enclosing the body of vertebrate animals. In humans and other mammals, the skin operates a complex organ of numerous ... (23 of 468 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0845469​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

flay | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

to whip or beat a person or animal severely | to remove the skin or outer covering from somebody or something | to criticize somebody or something ... (25 of 102 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612102​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

flay | flays [plural] | flayed [past tense] | flain [obsolete, past participle] | flaying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English flayen, flaien, fleien, from Old English *flīeġan ("to cause to fly, put... | Old English flean from Proto-Germanic *flahaną. Cognate with Old Norse flá ("to flay"), whence Danish... (29 of 98 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flay

Online Etymology:

flay

Origin: Old English flean "to skin" (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flakhanan ... (16 of 42 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=flay

Collins Dictionary:

flay | fley

Origin: Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian plešti to tear | Old English āflēgan to put to flight; related to Old Norse fleygja

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flay

New World Dictionary:

flay

Origin: Middle English flan from Old English flean, akin to Middle Dutch vlaen, Old Norse fla from Indo-European base *plē_-, to tear off derives "flitch"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flay

Merriam-Webster:

flay

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English flen, from Old English flēan; akin to Old Norse flā to flay, Lithuanian plėšti to tear

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flay

Oxford Dictionary:

flay

Origin: Old English flēan, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch vlaen

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flay

American Heritage Dictionary:

flay | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English flen, from Old English flēan.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flay

Encarta Dictionary:

flay | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English flēan from Indo-European, "to strike"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612102​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

flay | fley

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flay"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flay

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flay [transitive] | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flay"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flay

Macmillan American Dictionary:

flay [transitive] | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flay"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flay

Cambridge Dictionary:

flay

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "flay"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "flay"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flay

the Free Dictionary:

flay

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "flay"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "flay"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "flay" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/flay

Google Dictionary:

flay | flayed [past tense] | flaying [present participle] | flays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "flay"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

flay

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flay"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=flay​0001 word=flay

YourDictionary Audio:

flay

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flay" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flay

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