[ wey-ter-ing ]
/ ˈweɪ tər ɪŋ /


the occupation of a waiter.

Origin of waitering

First recorded in 1860–65; waiter + -ing1

Definition for waitering (2 of 2)

[ wey-ter ]
/ ˈweɪ tər /


a person, especially a man, who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
a tray for carrying dishes, a tea service, etc.; salver.
a person who waits or awaits.
Obsolete. an attendant.

verb (used without object)

to work or serve as a waiter: to waiter in a restaurant.

Origin of waiter

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at wait, -er1


wait·er·less, adjective

usage note for waiter

See -person.
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Examples from the Web for waitering

  • Every one of you felt convinced that you was born to the Waitering.

    Somebody's Luggage|Charles Dickens
  • Waiteresses must not whistle while waitering on the tabel, because it isn't proper that they should.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman|John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for waitering

/ (ˈweɪtə) /


a man whose occupation is to serve at table, as in a restaurant
an attendant at the London Stock Exchange or Lloyd's who carries messages: the modern equivalent of waiters who performed these duties in the 17th-century London coffee houses in which these institutions originated
a person who waits
a tray or salver on which dishes, etc, are carried
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