transitive verbway·laid , way·lay·ing, way·lays
- To lie in wait for and attack from ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
- To approach and speak to (a person on the way to a destination or in the middle of an activity): “After the meal he followed me into the living room and waylaid me before I could reassemble my guests” (Louis Auchincloss).
- To interrupt the course or progress of: travelers waylaid by a storm; an athlete waylaid by an injury.
(third-person singular simple present waylays, present participle waylaying, simple past and past participle waylaid or (nonstandard) waylayed)