- 1flay something/somebody to remove the skin from an animal or person, usually when they are dead
- 2flay somebody to hit or whip someone very hard so that some of their skin comes off
- 3flay somebody/yourself (formal) to criticize someone/yourself severely He flayed himself for his lack of tact. Her dark eyes flayed him.
NAmE//fleɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flay
he / she / it flays
past simple flayed
-ing form flaying