[ley-muh n] /ˈleɪ mən/
noun, plural laymen.
a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
noun (pl) -men
a man who is not a member of the clergy
a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: science for the layman
“non-cleric,” early 15c., from lay (adj.) + man (n.). Meaning “outsider, non-expert” (especially in regards to law or medicine) is from late 15c. Related: Laymen.
- Lay odds
[c. 1300] [ c. 1600 ]
[ley-awf, -of] /ˈleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/ noun 1. the act of dismissing employees, especially temporarily. 2. a period of enforced unemployment or inactivity. n. also lay-off, lay off; 1889, “rest, respite;” from lay (v.) + off. Via seasonal labor with periodic down time, it came to have a sense of “temporary release from employment,” and by 1960s […]
noun 1. the general state or condition of affairs under consideration; the facts of a situation: We asked a few questions to get the lay of the land.
- Lay one on someone
verb phrase To hit hard; punch; hang one on: She laid one on him, when he least expected it (1940s+)