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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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 alackaday


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.

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