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Another English definition that doesn't seem to be listed here yet is the public waits ("publick waites"), English wind band musicians from the Medieval and Renaissance period who would walk around the streets of the town in livery playing shawms and other wind instruments, announcing what time it was, and playing tunes for whoever would give them a few pence. Can anyone find sources for this? 03:02, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. I added that and other missing older senses of wait#Noun. DCDuring TALK 18:14, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Also, what about its usage as an interjection like: "Wait what?" or "Wait, what?" People use it when they weren't really listening (and need the other person/people to hold their thought or what they were saying and repeat what they said before.) It also becomes annoying or people find it annoying if used too often. - M0rphzone (talk) 05:03, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Probably deserves a usage note, but I'd classify that usage as an imperative verb, not an interjection. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 05:07, 21 April 2012 (UTC)
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