Definition of layaway in English:



  • 1North American mass noun A system of paying a deposit to secure an article for later purchase.

    ‘she picked up a coat she had on layaway’
    • ‘If you know that there is an occasion coming up and you may want to purchase a unit, consider placing it on layaway at your local retail store.’
    • ‘Too many of us put our happiness on layaway.’
    • ‘She doesn't even have the money to buy it - she has it on layaway.’
    • ‘Retailers will change their policies on layaway sales.’
    • ‘Back in 1974, people still stood in line to deposit paychecks, paid for groceries with cash, and put big purchases like furniture on layaway plans.’
    • ‘Too much to pay for on layaway, too much to buy secondhand, if you have to ask you can't afford it, and nobody could, or should be able to.’
  • 2Climbing
    A handhold that is used to best effect by leaning out to the side of it.

    • ‘Approx 10m to the left is a large face split by this good layaway climb.’
    • ‘The next route free climbs the largest horizontal roof in Cleveland, using a combination of jams, undercuts and layaways.’
    • ‘The start involves a leap or a technical layaway move.’