An example of to delay is a snow storm making a flight late.
Heavy traffic delayed us.
Responded without delay.
The mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
The delay before the echo of a sound.
Origin of delay
- Middle English delaien from Anglo-Norman delaier from Old French deslaier des- de- laier to leave of Germanic origin leip- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English delaien, from Anglo-Norman delaier, Old French deslaier, from des- + Old French laier (“to leave”), a conflation of Old Frankish *latjan ("to delay, hinder"; from Proto-Germanic *latjaną (“to delay, hinder, stall”), from Proto-Indo-European *le(i)d- (“to leave, leave behind”)), and Old Frankish *laibjan ("to leave"; from Proto-Germanic *laibijaną (“to leave, cause to stay”), from Proto-Indo-European *leip- (“to remain, continue”)). Akin to Old English latian (“to delay, hesitate”), Old English latu (“a delay, a hindrance”), Old English lǣfan (“to leave”). More at let (to hinder), late, leave.
- From Middle French délayer, ultimately from Latin dis- + ligāre.