- simple past tense and past participle of waylay.
- 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 waylaid
They may have been waylaid by another mystery: What do website-clicking sports fans want?On the Peninsula
April 25, 2011
Tom was taking it to a lawyer, when he was waylaid, and chloroformed.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
The steward dogged my footsteps and waylaid me, and, by Jove!Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
It was greatly feared that they had been waylaid and captured by the savages.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The women were really on their way to the Temple when he waylaid them.Lotus Buds
He waylaid the doctor after the examination was over and asked all kinds of questions.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 waylaid
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