waylay \WAY-lay\, transitive verb:
1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
2. To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.
When his mother praised certain well-behaved and neatly
dressed boys in the village, Jung was filled with hate for
them, and would waylay and beat them up.
--Frank McLynn, Carl Gustav Jung
He returned to her night after night, until his brother,
Frank, waylaid him one evening outside Harriet's cabin and
beat him bloody.
--Lynne Olson, Freedom's Daughters
Furious and humiliated, the boy waylaid Martha after
--Julian Barnes, England, England
The women, who hold wicker baskets filled with flowers and
incense, are out to waylay tourists and to entice them into
buying the blooms and scents.
--Jacob Heilbrunn, "Mao More Than Ever," New Republic,
April 21, 1997
Waylay comes from way (from Old English weg) + lay (from Old
Synonyms: ambush, assail, bushwhack, set upon. Find more at