English Online Dictionary. What means wait? What does wait mean?
- (obsolete) waight
From Middle English waiten, wayten, from Old Northern French waiter, waitier (compare French guetter from Old French gaitier, guaitier), from Frankish *wahtwēn (“to watch, guard”), derivative of Frankish *wahtu (“guard, watch”), from Proto-Germanic *wahtwō (“guard, watch”), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (“to be fresh, cheerful, awake”). Cognate with Old High German wahtēn (“to watch, guard”), German Low German wachten (“to wait”), Dutch wachten (“to wait, expect”), French guetter (“to watch out for”), Saterland Frisian wachtje (“to wait”), West Frisian wachtsje (“to wait”), North Frisian wachtjen (“to stand, stay put”). More at watch.
- IPA(key): /weɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /weɪt/, [weɪ̯ʔt]
- Rhymes: -eɪt
- Homophone: weight
wait (third-person singular simple present waits, present participle waiting, simple past and past participle waited)
- (transitive, now rare) To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by “wait for”.)
- Awed with these words, in camps they still abide, / And wait with longing looks their promised guide.
- (intransitive) To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.
- Haste, my dear father; 'tis no time to wait.
- (intransitive, stative, US) To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
- (transitive, obsolete) To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
- He chose a thousand horse, the flower of all / His warlike troops, to wait the funeral.
- (obsolete) To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany.
- (obsolete, colloquial) To defer or postpone (especially a meal).
- (intransitive) To remain faithful to one’s partner or betrothed during a prolonged period of absence.
- In sense 1, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
- (delay until): await, wait for; See also Thesaurus:wait for
- (delay until some event): hold one's breath; See also Thesaurus:wait
- (serve customers): wait on, wait upon, serve
- (attend with ceremony or respect): bestand, serve, tend; See also Thesaurus:serve
- (attend as a consequence): attend, escort, go with
- (defer or postpone): defer, postpone; See also Thesaurus:procrastinate
- (remain celibate):
wait (plural waits)
- A delay.
- I had a very long wait at the airport security check.
- An ambush.
- They lay in wait for the patrol.
- (computing) Short for wait state.
- (obsolete) One who watches; a watchman.
- (in the plural, obsolete, UK) Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.
- (in the plural, UK) Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]
- 1819-1820, Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon
- The sound of the waits, rude as may be their minstrelsy, breaks upon the mild watches of a winter night with the effect of perfect harmony.
- (informal) Tells the other speaker to stop talking, typing etc. for a moment.
- wait a minute
From Old Norse hvítr, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz. Cognate with Swedish vit.
- Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍄
From English white.