waylay


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way·lay

 (wā′lā′)
tr.v. way·laid (-lād′), way·lay·ing, way·lays
1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
2. To approach and speak to (a person on the way to a destination or in the middle of an activity): "After the meal he followed me into the living room and waylaid me before I could reassemble my guests" (Louis Auchincloss).
3. To interrupt the course or progress of: travelers waylaid by a storm; an athlete waylaid by an injury.

way′lay′er n.

waylay

(weɪˈleɪ)
vb (tr) , -lays, -laying or -laid
1. to lie in wait for and attack
2. to await and intercept unexpectedly
[C16: from way + lay1]
wayˈlayer n

way•lay

(ˈweɪˌleɪ, weɪˈleɪ)

v.t. -laid, -lay•ing.
1. to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay.
2. to await and accost unexpectedly.
[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, n.

waylay


Past participle: waylaid
Gerund: waylaying

Imperative
waylay
waylay
Present
I waylay
you waylay
he/she/it waylays
we waylay
you waylay
they waylay
Preterite
I waylaid
you waylaid
he/she/it waylaid
we waylaid
you waylaid
they waylaid
Present Continuous
I am waylaying
you are waylaying
he/she/it is waylaying
we are waylaying
you are waylaying
they are waylaying
Present Perfect
I have waylaid
you have waylaid
he/she/it has waylaid
we have waylaid
you have waylaid
they have waylaid
Past Continuous
I was waylaying
you were waylaying
he/she/it was waylaying
we were waylaying
you were waylaying
they were waylaying
Past Perfect
I had waylaid
you had waylaid
he/she/it had waylaid
we had waylaid
you had waylaid
they had waylaid
Future
I will waylay
you will waylay
he/she/it will waylay
we will waylay
you will waylay
they will waylay
Future Perfect
I will have waylaid
you will have waylaid
he/she/it will have waylaid
we will have waylaid
you will have waylaid
they will have waylaid
Future Continuous
I will be waylaying
you will be waylaying
he/she/it will be waylaying
we will be waylaying
you will be waylaying
they will be waylaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been waylaying
you have been waylaying
he/she/it has been waylaying
we have been waylaying
you have been waylaying
they have been waylaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been waylaying
you will have been waylaying
he/she/it will have been waylaying
we will have been waylaying
you will have been waylaying
they will have been waylaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been waylaying
you had been waylaying
he/she/it had been waylaying
we had been waylaying
you had been waylaying
they had been waylaying
Conditional
I would waylay
you would waylay
he/she/it would waylay
we would waylay
you would waylay
they would waylay
Past Conditional
I would have waylaid
you would have waylaid
he/she/it would have waylaid
we would have waylaid
you would have waylaid
they would have waylaid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.waylay - wait in hiding to attackwaylay - wait in hiding to attack    
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

waylay

verb
1. attack, surprise, hold up, ambush, set upon, lie in wait for, catch The trucks are being waylaid by bandits.
2. accost, stop, intercept, pounce on, swoop down on He was forever waylaying me for chats in the corridor.

waylay

verb
To attack suddenly and without warning:
Translations
يَتَرَبَّص
sitja fyrir
uzbrukt no slēpņauzglūnēt
yolunu kesmek

waylay

[weɪˈleɪ] (waylaid (pt, pp)) [weɪˈleɪd] VTabordar, detener
I was waylaid by the managerme detuvo el gerente
they were waylaid by thievesles atacaron unos ladrones

waylay

[ˌweɪˈleɪ] vt
(= attack) → attaquer
(= intercept to speak to sb) → aborder
I got waylaid → j'ai été retardé

waylay

[weɪˈleɪ] (waylaid (pt, pp)) vt (old) → intercettare
I got waylaid (fig) → ho avuto un contrattempo

waylay

(weiˈlei) past tense, past participle wayˈlaid verb
to ambush. He was waylaid by a crowd of angry demonstrators.
References in classic literature ?
These licks are great places of resort with the hunters, who waylay their game near the paths that lead to them.
I failed to find Lord Hilton at his house, but I was told he was expected from London by the six o'clock train from Waterloo; and as it was then about a quarter past five, I went home, had some tea, and walked up to the station to waylay him.
To waylay and harass a band of trappers with their pack-horses, when embarrassed in the rugged defiles of the mountains, has become as favorite an exploit with these Indians as the plunder of a caravan to the Arab of the desert.
The unhurried meals, the foreknowledge of deliciously empty hours to follow, the breadths of soft sky under which they walked together and reckoned time only by their hunger or thirst; the good grass beneath their feet that cheated the miles; their discoveries, always together, amid the farms--Griffons, Rocketts, Burnt House, Gale Anstey, and the Home Farm, where Iggulden of the blue smock-frock would waylay them, and they would ransack the old house once more; the long wet afternoons when, they tucked up their feet on the bedroom's deep window-sill over against the apple-trees, and talked together as never till then had they found time to talk--these things contented her soul, and her body throve.
His ALTER EGO "walked" - that was the note of his image of him, while his image of his motive for his own odd pastime was the desire to waylay him and meet him.
She would waylay him in the street and, knowing she had been waiting about for him to come out of the hospital for a couple of hours, he would give her a few charming, friendly words and bolt off with the excuse that he had a business engagement.
Had they had the sense to wheel him behind a tree and leave him, I would have looked, but as they lacked it, I decided to wait until he could walk, when it would be more easy to waylay him.
His only alternative was to go ahead of his pack and waylay an occasional warrior whom he found alone in the jungle.
Tarzan could not tell whether the Arabs, satisfied with their losses, had given up the fight, or were waiting farther along the road to waylay them as they proceeded on toward Bou Saada.
Have we not seen, or by relation heard, In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st, In wood or grove, by mossy fountain-side, In valley or green meadow, to waylay Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene, Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa, Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more Too long--then lay'st thy scapes on names adored, Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan, Satyr, or Faun, or Silvan?
The western side of the Parana northward, ceases to be inhabited; and hence the Indians sometimes come down thus far, and waylay travellers.