Sense: 1-3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: LAY1
Sense: 4
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: lai


4 noun
lay4 [countable]

the lay of the land

a) the situation that exists at a particular time:
Get the lay of the land before you make any decisions.
b) the appearance of an area of land, for example the way it slopes

the lay of something

the appearance of something and where each part of it is:
Mr. Lowe will give you the lay of the camp and tell you what we're going to be doing.

be a good/quick/easy etc lay

informal to be a good, quick etc person to have sex with
4 literaryAL a poem or song

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