Origin of waiting
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- the time between two acts, scenes, or the like.
- stage wait.
- waits,(formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
- a street musician, especially a singer.
- one of a band of carolers.
- a piece sung by carolers, especially a Christmas carol.
- to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
- to supply the wants of a person, as serving a meal or serving a customer in a store.
- to call upon or visit (a person, especially a superior): to wait on Her Majesty at the palace.
- Falconry.(of a hawk) to soar over ground until prey appears.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.to wait for (a person); await.
- Also wait upon.to await (an event).
- to postpone going to bed to await someone's arrival.
- Informal.to halt and wait for another to join one, as in running or walking: Wait up, I can't walk so fast.
Origin of wait
Synonyms for wait
Related Words for waitinglinger, hang, await, watch, stay, delay, remain, expect, foresee, anticipate, tarry, abide, stall, bide, dally
Examples from the Web for waiting
Contemporary Examples of waiting
Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
In a show about single women, Sex and The City was always in a rush to get to the altar—and with a man there waiting.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
I was going to do it myself, but was waiting for the new year.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
But I remain in prison on these baseless allegations while waiting for the chance to prove my innocence.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of waiting
Mrs. Drelmer glanced above to where some one seemed to be waiting for him.
When he came out ten minutes later Uncle Peter was waiting for him alone.
He looked over her shoulder again, and saw that Shepler was waiting for her.
He was waiting to obtain the papacy, when he would deal better with the abuses.
He is to sup at the Deanery to-morrow, and I am to be in waiting to see him.
Word Origin for wait
early 13c., "a watcher, onlooker," from Old North French wait, Old French gaite, from gaitier (see wait (v.)). From late 14c. as "an ambush, a trap" (as in lie in wait).
c.1200, "to watch with hostile intent, lie in wait for," from Old North French waitier "to watch" (Old French gaitier, Modern French guetter), from Frankish *wahton (cf. Dutch wacht "a watching," Old High German wahten, German wachten "to watch, to guard;" Old High German wahhon "to watch, be awake," Old English wacian "to be awake;" see wake (v.)). General sense of "remain in some place" is from late 14c.; that of "to see to it that something occurs" is late 14c. Meaning "to stand by in attendance on" is late 14c.; specific sense of "serve as an attendant at a table" is from 1560s. Related: Waited; waiting.
To wait (something) out "endure a period of waiting" is recorded from 1909, originally American English, in reference to baseball batters trying to draw a base on balls. Waiting game is recorded from 1890. Waiting room is attested from 1680s. Waiting list is recorded from 1897; the verb wait-list "to put (someone) on a waiting list" is recorded from 1960.
In addition to the idioms beginning with wait
- wait a minute
- wait and see
- wait at table
- wait for the other shoe to drop
- waiting game
- waiting in the wings
- wait on
- wait on hand and foot
- wait out
- wait up
- can't wait
- hurry up and wait
- in waiting
- lie in wait
- play a waiting game