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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kley]
    • /kleɪ/
    • /kleɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kley]
    • /kleɪ/

Definitions of clay word

  • variable noun clay Clay is a kind of earth that is soft when it is wet and hard when it is dry. Clay is shaped and baked to make things such as pots and bricks. 3
  • uncountable noun clay In tennis, matches played on clay are played on courts whose surface is covered with finely crushed stones or brick. 3
  • noun clay a very fine-grained material that consists of hydrated aluminium silicate, quartz, and organic fragments and occurs as sedimentary rocks, soils, and other deposits. It becomes plastic when moist but hardens on heating and is used in the manufacture of bricks, cement, ceramics, etc 3
  • noun clay earth or mud in general 3
  • noun clay the material of the human body 3
  • verb clay to cover or mix with clay 3

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Origin of clay

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣg, cognate with Dutch, German Klei, akin to glue

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Parts of speech for Clay


clay popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clay usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clay

noun clay

  • mud — wet, soft earth or earthy matter, as on the ground after rain, at the bottom of a pond, or along the banks of a river; mire.
  • brick — Bricks are rectangular blocks of baked clay used for building walls, which are usually red or brown. Brick is the material made up of these blocks.
  • earth — (often initial capital letter) the planet third in order from the sun, having an equatorial diameter of 7926 miles (12,755 km) and a polar diameter of 7900 miles (12,714 km), a mean distance from the sun of 92.9 million miles (149.6 million km), and a period of revolution of 365.26 days, and having one satellite.
  • pottery — ceramic ware, especially earthenware and stoneware.
  • slip — to move, flow, pass, or go smoothly or easily; glide; slide: Water slips off a smooth surface.

adjective clay

  • earthen — composed of earth.
  • stone — the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
  • sandGeorge [jawrj;; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ;; French ʒɔrʒ/ (Show IPA), (Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant) 1804–76, French novelist.

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