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lackaday

[lak-uh-dey] /ˈlæk əˌdeɪ/
interjection, Archaic.
1.
(used as an expression of regret, sorrow, dismay, or disapproval.)
Origin of lackaday
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; alteration of alack the day
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Examples from the Web for lackaday
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  • lackaday, did you suppose I came to bring you news of your own wedding?

  • I'm going next door to the lackaday, for the night, Bosworth.

    The Alternative George Barr McCutcheon
  • "It's only a fool who apologizes for doing a thing well," said lackaday.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • "You never know what a fool can do till you try him," said lackaday.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • Then, before the bewildered lackaday could reply, she tossed his hand to the winds.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • An expression of shock overspread lackaday's ingenuous features.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • lackaday was silent and preoccupied during the run to London.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • "There are not any strings going to be pulled for me in this business," said lackaday.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • Well, the relations between lackaday and Lady Auriol were no business of mine.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • "He's not fit to be General lackaday's ancient butler," she retorted.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for lackaday

lackaday

/ˈlækəˌdeɪ/
interjection
1.
(archaic) another word for alas
Word Origin
C17: from alack the day
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