Definitions For Lain

Etymology 1

Inflected forms.


{{inflection of, en, lie, gloss=to be oriented in a horizontal position, situated, , past, part}} : He had lain there for many hours. : The book had lain on the attic floor until it was found decades later.

Usage notes

The past participle of lie, , tell a lie, not tell a truth is lied. The past participle of lay, , put down is laid.


Dutch: gelegen German: gelegen Indonesian: baring, alt=berbaring, baring, alt=membaringkan, baring, alt=dibaringkan, baring, alt=terbaring Japanese: 横になった (よこになった, yoko ni natta, sc=Jpan) Spanish: tumbado

Etymology 2

From Middle English lainen, leynen, from {{der, en, non, leyna, , to conceal}} and {{inh, en, ang, līeġnan, , to deny; conceal}}; both from {{inh, en, gem-pro, laugnijaną}}, from {{inh, en, gem-pro, *laugnō, , secrecy}}.

Alternative forms

lean, len {{q, dialectal}}


{{en-verb}} (obsolete) To conceal, keep quiet about. 14th-19thc.


I-lan, INLA, Ilan, LNAI, Lani, Lian, Lina, Nila, anil, nail

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Words With Friends YES
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Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
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