• WordNet 3.6
    • v waylay wait in hiding to attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Waylay 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. "Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we have already waylaid .""She often contrived to waylay him in his walks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waylay To lie in wait for in the way, in order to lay hold of for some purpose; particularly, to lie in wait for with the view of accosting, seizing, assaulting, robbing, or slaying; take in ambush: as, to waylay a traveler.
    • waylay To beset with ambushes or ambuscades; ambuscade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Waylay to lie in the way for: to watch or lie in ambush for
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Way, + lay,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weg; Ger. weg, L. via, Sans. vaha, akin to vehĕre, to carry.


In literature:

My transport would give out; my men would desert me; brigands would waylay and rob my caravan.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
My idea was to wait outside the town of Falmouth, to waylay them, and then to thrash them both within an inch of their lives.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Who got up this little scheme to waylay me?
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
Probably thought I looked prosperous, and were bent on waylaying me.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
The fair maidens try to waylay them and break these pipes.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Hit's pretty open up thar, and easy to waylay a body.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Rad had hastened to waylay him, and make a last appeal for the money which he knew Jack was waiting to receive.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
We shall have to waylay him.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
She took every opportunity to consult Doctor Kendal and waylay him for long chats.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
Grant, Charles, bribes Indians to waylay Laguimoniere, 112 and note.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood

In poetry:

And then with sobbing fear I fled,
But they waylayed me on the street,
And tore the hat from off my head,
And trampled it beneath their feet.
"The Hat" by Robert W Service
The Mawddach, how she trips! though throttled
If floodtide teeming thrills her full,
And mazy sands all water-wattled
Waylay her at ebb, past Penmaen Pool.
"Penmaen Pool" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Claeving furred air
Over her skull's midden; no knife
Rivals her whetted look, divining what conceit
Waylays simple girls, church-going,
And what heart's oven
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

But injuries tend to waylay the best-laid plans.
Lady Bulldogs waylay White House-Heritage.