Layed or laid – which form is correct?

Layed or laid? Which form is correct? If your boss decides to let you go, you are layed or laid off? You eat eggs that have been layed or laid by a hen? If your teacher has stressed a good spelling strongly, you could say that a great stress on good spelling has been layed or laid? Read this article for the answers!

Layed or laid? Which form is correct meaning definition correct form difference examples

Layed or laid? – which one is correct?

It turns out that both of these forms have been acceptable at some point in the English language, but nowadays there is only one correct spelling in all contexts and it is laid. Carry on reading for more details.

Layed or laid – what is the difference?

Laid is the past tense and past participle of the verb to lay which is one of irregular verbs that do not follow the typical past tense spelling pattern. Meanwhile, layed used to function as the past tense and past participle of lay but has fallen out of use and now is an archaic term considered to be a misspelling.

Laid – the meaning

As explained above, laid is the past tense and past participle of the verb lay. It is one of these words in English that have a lot of different meanings, and one of its most common uses refers to setting something down or putting it in a horizontal position.

He laid the newspaper on the table.
You can find some other meanings of lay below.

  • to cover something with a layer of something

The tomatoes were laid on racks to dry.

  • to prepare something in detail

The weather can change even the best-laid plans

  • to produce eggs from out of the body

new-laid eggs

  • to place a bet

He laid a bet on the horse that has come first in all the previous races

  • to have sex with someone:

So did you get laid last night?

  • to express a claim, legal statement, etc. in a serious or official way:

The bill was laid before Parliament.

  • to prepare something in detail

to lay a responsibility/burden on somebody

  • to put somebody/something in a particular position or state, especially a difficult or unpleasant one

to lay a responsibility/burden on somebody

  • used with a noun to form a phrase that has the same meaning as the verb related to the noun

to lay the blame on somebody (= to blame somebody)

Layed or laid? More examples from the literature and press

Raking some dead leaves into a pile, she picked Little Ann up and laid her in them.

Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

At Tuesday’s meeting, board member Karl Frisch asked how long it would take to implement all of the recommendations laid out in the report.

“Washington Post”, Oct 4, 2022

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics goes to scientists from France, the United States, and Austria whose work laid the foundation for quantum cryptography and quantum computing.

“Science Magazine”, Oct 4, 2022

Welcome, it seemed to say as I laid my eyes upon it for the first time.

Leanne Statland Ellis, The Ugly One

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After graduating with a MA in English Philology, Kasia lived for almost five years in the UK facing the challenge of trying to master the intricacies of English language, which is her consuming passion. Other things she enjoys doing in her spare time are singing in a local parish band, embroidery, reading, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.