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Middle English waymenten, from Old Northern French waimenter "to lament" (compare Old French guaimenter, gaimenter "to lament"), a conflation of Old French wai, guai "woe", from Frankish *wai, wē "woe" from Proto-Germanic *wai (woe), and Latin lamentari "to lament". Akin to Old High German "woe" (German Weh "woe, pain"), Old English "woe". More at woe, lament.


wayment (third-person singular simple present wayments, present participle waymenting, simple past and past participle waymented)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To lament.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      For what bootes it to weepe and to wayment, / When ill is chaunst, but doth the ill increase [...]?



  1. (obsolete) Lamentation; grief.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)