Archaic alas: an exclamation of sorrow, regret, etc.
Origin of wellawayMiddle English wei la wei, literally , woe! lo! woe!: wei ; from Old Norse vei, woe + Old English la, lo
Used to express woe or distress.
Origin of wellawayMiddle English, alteration (influenced by well, well and awai, away) of Old English weilawei, alteration (influenced by Old Scandinavian *wei, woe) of wa la wa : wa, woe; see woe + la, lo; see lo.
- (archaic) Expressing sadness, regret etc.
Old English weÄ¡ lÄ weÄ¡, alteration of wÄ lÄ wÄ, with substitution of Old Norse vei for Old English wÄ. Compare wellawo, weila.