Definition of waylay in English:

waylay

Line breaks: way¦lay
Pronunciation: /weɪˈleɪ
 
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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.
Synonyms
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

Derivatives

waylayer

noun
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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