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3 letters words from 'lye'


2 letters words from 'lye'

EL 2YE 5

All 3 letters words made out of lye

lye yle ley ely yel eyl

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Definitions and meaning of lye



  • IPA(key): /laɪ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ
  • Homophones: lie, lai

Etymology 1

From Old English lēag, from Proto-Germanic *laugō, from Proto-Indo-European *lewh₃- (to wash).


lye (countable and uncountable, plural lyes)

  1. An alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).
  2. Potassium or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).
Derived terms
  • lyed

Further reading

  • lye on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)


lye (plural lyes)

  1. (Britain, railways) A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding.


lye (third-person singular simple present lyes, present participle lying, simple past and past participle lyed)

  1. Obsolete spelling of lie
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      But when his foe lyes prostrate on the plain,
      He sheaths his paws, uncurls his angry mane;
      And, pleas'd with bloudless honours of the day,
      Walks over, and disdains th' inglorious Prey.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Donne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), Loves Diet
      Now negligent of sports I lye,
      And now as other Fawkners use,
      I spring a mistresse, sweare, write, sigh and weepe:
      And the game kill'd, or lost, goe talk, and sleepe.


  • Ely, Ley, ley, yel

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Old Norse hlýja, from the adjective hlýr.

Alternative forms

  • lya (a infinitive)


lye (present tense lyer, past tense lydde, past participle lydd/lytt, passive infinitive lyast, present participle lyande, imperative ly)

  1. to warm up, give off warmth

Etymology 2


lye (present tense lyar or lyer, past tense lya or lydde, past participle lya or lydd, present participle lyande)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of lyde.

Etymology 3

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. inflection of ly:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural


  • “lye” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


  • Lye, yle

  • a strongly alkaline solution obtained by leaching.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)