- ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈleɪ/
- Rhymes: -eɪ
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 *latjanan ( “to delay, hinder, stall” ), from Proto-Indo-European *le( i )d- ( “to leave, leave behind” ) ), and Old Frankish *laibjan ( "to leave"; from Proto-Germanic *laibijanan ( “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 .
Explanation of delay by Wordnet Dictionary
- Delay n.; pl. Delays [F. délai, fr. OF. deleer to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really from a different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See Tolerate, and cf. Differ, Delay, v.] A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat. Acts xxv. 17.
The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day. Macaulay.
- Delay, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun délai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming. Matt. xxiv. 48.
2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, “the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow”.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal. Milton.
3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
The watery showers delay the raging wind. Surrey.
- Delay, v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten. Locke.
Definition of delay by GCIDE Dictionary