Wellaway definition

wĕlə-wā
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(archaic) Alas.
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Used to express woe or distress.
interjection
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A lamentation.
noun
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(archaic) Expressing sadness, regret etc.
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Origin of wellaway

  • Middle English alteration (influenced by well well) (awai away) of Old English weilāwei alteration (influenced by Old Scandinavian wei woe) of wā lā wā woe woe lo lo

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English weÄ¡ lā weÄ¡, alteration of wā lā wā, with substitution of Old Norse vei for Old English . Compare wellawo, weila.

    From Wiktionary