SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object) to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared. to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing. verb (used without object) to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late. noun the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering. an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip. the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay. Origin of delay 1225–75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun) Related forms de·lay·a·ble, adjective de·lay·er, noun de·lay·ing·ly, adverb pre·de·lay, noun, verb un·de·lay·a·ble, adjective un·de·lay·ing, adjective un·de·lay·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for delayer Historical Examples of delayer
He was a
delayer also and, in poker patois, a passer of the buck.
His apparent inaction was displeasing to a large party, and he was called Cunctator (the
Hence he received that new name, so salutary to the commonwealth, of Cunctator, or
Fabius Cunctator, or the
Delayer, so called from the policy of delay which he opposed to the vigorous movements of Hannibal.
He found the little devil of a
delayer in the paper napkin which he had nervously wadded and dropped on the floor. British Dictionary definitions for delayer verb (tr) to prune the administrative structure of (a large organization) by reducing the number of tiers in its hierarchy verb (tr) to put off to a later time; defer (tr) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain (intr) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate (intr) to linger; dawdle noun the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude Derived Forms delayer, noun Word Origin for delay
C13: from Old French
delaier, from des- off + laier, variant of laissier to leave, from Latin laxāre to loosen, from laxus slack, lax
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Word Origin and History for delayer n.
mid-13c., from Old French
delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)). v.
c.1300, from Old French
delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). Related: Delayed; delaying.
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