lay

(redirected from layabout)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

lay

1
a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition

lay

2
of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy

lay

3
1. a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
2. a song or melody

lay

[]
(design engineering)
The direction, length, or angle of twist of the strands in a rope or cable.
(metallurgy)
The direction of the prevailing surface pattern on a piece of metal after grinding, cutting, lapping, or other processing.
(mining engineering)
A share of profit.
References in periodicals archive ?
The soap actor, who played layabout Les Battersby, appeared in the dock at Mold Crown Court yesterday a week earlier than expected.
The actor's TV alter-ego, drunken layabout Frank Gallagher, is usually found collapsed at the bar or floundering in the gutter in the Channel 4 drama.
Laying the laminate floor to I Wanna Be Like You from the Jungle Book was just the old decorating episode all over again and Ricky Tomlinson as layabout Jim was too OTT.
The layabout has been backed off the boards with some firms to get his marching orders ahead of tonight's eviction duel with new outright favourite Alex.
Because, yeah, when Mike wasn't trading the use of his orifices for drugs or petty cash, he was just one more manic-depressive layabout.
When she discovers she's pregnant after a one-night stand with lovable layabout Ben (Seth Rogen), the pair struggle to find a way to make their unexpected relationship work.
Look at that other layabout who spent the lot on bikes and drugs.
Trust fund billionaire layabout Arthur Bach (Brand) loves his indulgent life, watched over by his longtime nanny Lillian Hobson (Mirren).
He had been plagued by health problems since joining the Street 21 years ago, but always recovered to continue to appear as layabout Stan.
Fed-up Cilla, played by Wendi Peters, is topping up her tan on a sunbed when layabout Les pops the question.
THE STORY Trust fund billionaire layabout Arthur Bach (Brand) loves his indulgent life, watched over by his longtime nanny Lillian Hobson (Mirren).
A recently promoted Mark is eager to splash his new-found cash on a boiler and a new sofa, which he lovingly nicknames "The Creamy Elephant", while trying to get perpetual layabout Jeremy a job.