Definition of waylay in English:


Line breaks: way¦lay
Pronunciation: /weɪˈleɪ

verb (past and past participle waylaid)

[with object]
Stop or interrupt (someone) and detain them in conversation or trouble them in some other way: he waylaid me on the stairs
More example sentences
  • She followed the man and was about to waylay him when he suddenly stopped.
  • So, it appears all they did was to go and waylay the man.
  • She tried repeatedly to waylay him, but succeeded only once, in November 1935.
ambush, hold up, attack, assail, rob;
lie in wait for, lay a trap for, trap, entrap
informal mug, stick up
accost, detain, intercept, take aside, stop and talk to, pounce on, swoop down on, importune
informal buttonhole



More example sentences
  • He was celebrated on stage and in penny dreadfuls, and took on a new folkloric persona as a waylayer of solitary travellers.

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