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way•lay /ˈweɪˌleɪ, weɪˈleɪ/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], -laid, -lay•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to intercept or attack from a position of hiding or ambush:to waylay him while he was crossing the alley.
- to await and then rush up to greet, confront, solicit, etc., unexpectedly:to waylay the boss in the hallway.
way•lay (wā′lā′, wā lā′),USA pronunciation v.t., -laid, -lay•ing.
- to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay.
- to await and accost unexpectedly:The actor was waylaid by a swarm of admirers.
- way1 + lay1, after Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wegelagen to lie in wait, derivative of wegelage a lying in wait 1505–15