Share this entry
layoff Syllabification: lay·off
Pronunciation: /ˈlāˌôf/

Definition of layoff in English:


1A discharge, especially temporary, of a worker or workers.
Example sentences
  • The temporary lay-off of over 650 workers at the mines will begin on November 17 and 50 workers will be kept on for essential maintenance.
  • A spokesman said lay-offs among temporary staff were part of the cyclical nature of the business and that the 350 permanent employees had not been affected.
  • ‘You would imagine that some of the negative speculation about the market and the recent spate of lay-offs would have had some effect, but so far there is no sign of it,’ he said.
informal sacking, firing
the sack, the boot, the ax
1.1A period when a layoff is in force.
2A period during which someone does not take part in a customary sport or other activity: they needed to rehabilitate injuries or just brush up after long layoffs
More example sentences
  • The British number one made his comeback last month after a lengthy lay-off with a shoulder injury, but lost his first two matches back on the tour.
  • Despite a lengthy lay-off from the sport, he showed that he has lost none of his speed or punching technique.
  • Injury in South Africa was yet another cruel blow to a young man who had fought back from a long period of enforced lay-off through injury.
Definition of layoff in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources