alackaday

alack

[uh-lak]
interjection Archaic.
(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Also, alackaday [uh-lak-uh-dey] .


Origin:
presumably ah + lack. Cf. aha, ahem, alas

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alack or alackaday (əˈlæk, əˈlækəˌdeɪ)
 
interj
an archaic or poetic word for alas
 
[C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack]
 
alackaday or alackaday
 
interj
 
[C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack]

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alack
late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack (q.v.) in M.E. sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or surprise.
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