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 ) ( awai away ) of Old English weilāwei alteration ( influenced by Old Scandinavian wei woe ) of wā lā wā wā woe ; see woe . lā 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.