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[uh-lak] /əˈlæk/
interjection, Archaic.
(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Also, alackaday
[uh-lak-uh-dey] /əˈlæk əˌdeɪ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of alack
presumably ah + lack. Cf. aha, ahem, alas Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alack
  • alack of adequate spawning habitat mandates the need fora regular stocking program.
  • alack of cool, well-oxygenated water during the summer months limits the opportunity for coldwater fisheries management.
  • Marginal water quality, alack of deep cold well oxygenated water, was the cause for salmon not providing an adequate fishery.
  • The money, which cannot be used for operating costs, has gone unspent since then because of alack of agreement on how to do so.
  • alack of sound supervisory controls may cause large losses to a single firm.
  • Dolores expressed her concern about alack of effective oversight.
  • Unfortunately, validation of these new techniques has suffered from alack of ground truth measurements.
  • Reported barriers included alack of employee interest, lack of resources, and lack of management support.
British Dictionary definitions for alack


an archaic or poetic word for alas
Word Origin
C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alack

late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack in Middle English sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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