From Middle English waiten, wayten, from Old Northern French waiter, waitier (compare French guetter from Old French gaitier, guaitier), from Frankish *wahtwēn, *wahtijan, derivative of Frankish *wahtu, from Proto-Germanic *wahtwō, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ-. 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, North Frisian wachtjen ("to stand, stay put"). More at watch.
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