[ wey-ley, wey-ley ]
/ ˈweɪˌleɪ, weɪˈleɪ /

verb (used with object), way·laid, way·lay·ing.

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

1505–15; way1 + lay1, after Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wegelagen to lie in wait, derivative of wegelage a lying in wait


way·lay·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for waylay

/ (weɪˈleɪ) /

verb -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)

to lie in wait for and attack
to await and intercept unexpectedly

Derived forms of waylay

waylayer, noun

Word Origin for waylay

C16: from way + lay 1
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