waylay

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verb way·lay \ˈwā-ˌlā\

Definition of waylay

waylaid

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waylaying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lie in wait for or attack from ambush

Examples of waylay in a Sentence

  1. Gangs sometimes waylay travelers on that road.

  2. We were waylaid by a group of kids with water balloons.

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First Known Use of waylay

1513


WAYLAY Defined for English Language Learners

waylay

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verb

Definition of waylay for English Language Learners

  • : to stop (someone who is going somewhere)

  • : to attack (someone or something) by surprise from a hidden place


WAYLAY Defined for Kids

waylay

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verb way·lay \ˈwā-ˌlā\

Definition of waylay for Students

waylaid

\-ˌlād\;

waylaying

  1. :  to attack from hiding



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