WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
way•lay /ˈweɪˌleɪ, weɪˈleɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -laid, -lay•ing. 
  1. to intercept or attack from a position of hiding or ambush:to waylay him while he was crossing the alley.
  2. to await and then rush up to greet, confront, solicit, etc., unexpectedly:to waylay the boss in the hallway.
way•lay•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
way•lay  (wālā′, wā lā),USA pronunciation 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:The actor was waylaid by a swarm of admirers.
waylay′er, n. 
  • way1 + lay1, after Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wegelagen to lie in wait, derivative of wegelage a lying in wait 1505–15

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