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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wey-leyd, wey-leyd]
    • /ˈweɪˌleɪd, weɪˈleɪd/
    • /ˌweɪˈleɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wey-leyd, wey-leyd]
    • /ˈweɪˌleɪd, weɪˈleɪd/

Definitions of waylaid word

  • verb waylaid simple past tense and past participle of waylay. 1
  • verb with object waylaid to intercept or attack from ambush, as in order to rob, seize, or slay. 1
  • verb with object waylaid to await and accost unexpectedly: The actor was waylaid by a swarm of admirers. 1

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Origin of waylaid

First appearance:

before 1505
One of the 26% oldest English words
1505-15; way1 + lay1, after Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wegelagen to lie in wait, derivative of wegelage a lying in wait

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Parts of speech for Waylaid


waylaid popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for waylaid

verb waylaid

  • accosted — (of animals) represented as side by side: two dolphins accosted.
  • intercepted — Simple past tense and past participle of intercept.
  • ambushed — Simple past tense and past participle of ambush.
  • surprised — to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty surprised me.
  • approached — to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.

Antonyms for waylaid

verb waylaid

  • allowed — to let have; give as one's share; grant as one's right: to allow a person $100 for expenses.
  • forwarded — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.

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