(past tense and past participle waylaid [ˌweɪˈleɪd] ) verb [T]
to stop someone who is going somewhere, in order to talk to them or to harm them

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  • Waylay — Way lay (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waylaid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waylaying}.] [Way + lay.] To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waylay — [wā′lā΄, wā΄lā′] vt. waylaid, waylaying [ WAY + LAY1, after MLowG wegelagen, to waylay < wegelage, an ambush < weg, akin to WAY + lage, a lying < base of leggian; akin to LIE1] 1. to lie in wait for and attack; ambush …   English World dictionary

  • waylay — index accost, ambush, assail, attack, carry away, ensnare, jostle (pickpocket), kidnap …   Law dictionary

  • waylay — to ambush, 1510s, from WAY (Cf. way) + LAY (Cf. lay) (v.), on model of M.L.G., M.Du. wegelagen besetting of ways, lying in wait with evil or hostile intent along public ways …   Etymology dictionary

  • waylay — *surprise, ambush Analogous words: *attack, assault, assail: *prevent, forestall …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waylay — has inflected forms waylays, waylaid, waylaying …   Modern English usage

  • waylay — [v] intercept, ambush accost, ambuscade, assail, attack, box*, bushwhack*, catch, hold up, jump, lay for*, lie in wait, lurk, pounce on, prowl, set upon, skulk, slink, surprise, swoop down on*; concepts 86,121 Ant. allow, forward …   New thesaurus

  • waylay — ► VERB (past and past part. waylaid) 1) intercept in order to attack. 2) intercept and detain with questions, conversation, etc …   English terms dictionary

  • waylay — UK [ˌweɪˈleɪ] / US [ˈweɪˌleɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms waylay : present tense I/you/we/they waylay he/she/it waylays present participle waylaying past tense waylaid UK [ˌweɪˈleɪd] / US [ˈweɪˌleɪd] past participle waylaid to stop someone who… …   English dictionary

  • waylay — way|lay [weıˈleı] v past tense and past participle waylaid [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: way + lay to set a trap for (13 19 centuries)] 1.) if someone waylays you, they stop you when you are going somewhere, for example to attack you or talk to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • waylay — transitive verb (waylaid; laying) Date: 1513 to lie in wait for or attack from ambush …   New Collegiate Dictionary