- to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay.
- to await and accost unexpectedly: The actor was waylaid by a swarm of admirers.
Origin of waylay
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Examples from the Web for waylay
I warn you that I shall lay all manner of traps, waylay your messengers, bribe them.The Lure of the Mask
The little house was quiet and dark with no one to waylay them.
But Rose did not dare, and then there was Martin ready to waylay her.
If you can intercept her before she gets there, or waylay her when she leaves, why there you are.The Slave of Silence
Fred M. White
The huntsmen, hearing of it, stole out privately to waylay him in a snare.Fairy Book
- to lie in wait for and attack
- to await and intercept unexpectedly
C16: from way + lay 1
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Word Origin and History for waylay
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