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interjection Archaic.
  1. (used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
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Also a·lack·a·day [uh-lak-uh-dey] /əˈlæk əˌdeɪ/.

Origin of alack

presumably ah + lack. Cf. aha, ahem, alas
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alackaday (əˈlækəˌdeɪ)

  1. an archaic or poetic word for alas
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Word Origin

C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack
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Word Origin and History for alack

late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack in Middle English sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.

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