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The Collaborative Dictionary

Waylay \Way"lay`\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waylaid; p. pr. & vb. n. Waylaying.] [Way + lay.] To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush. [1913 Webster] Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we have already waylaid. --Shak. [1913 Webster] She often contrived to waylay him in his walks. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

waylay v : wait in hiding to attack [syn: ambush, scupper, bushwhack, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait] [also: waylaid]




  1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
  2. To accost or intercept unexpectedly.


To lie in wait for and attack from ambush
To accost or intercept unexpectedly
  • German: auflauern
  • Russian: подкарауливать, поджидать

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