interjection Archaic.
(used to express sorrow.)
Also, welladay [wel-uh-dey] .

before 900; Middle English we(i)lawei, Old English weilāwei (wei < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse vei woe), replacing Old English wā lā wā woe! lo! woe!

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wellaway (ˈwɛləˈweɪ)
archaic woe! alas!
[Old English, from wei lā wei, variant of wā lā wā, literally: woe! lo woe]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., alteration (by influence of Scandinavian forms) of O.E. wa la wa, lit. "woe, lo, woe!" from wa "woe" (see woe).
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Example sentences
Attempt to stop the bus in a safe location, well off the roadway and wellaway from through traffic.
The focus of the theory is on scattering at locations that are wellaway from the source and impact regions.
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