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alack

[ uh-lak ]
/ əˈlæk /
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interjection Archaic.

(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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alack

alackaday (əˈlækəˌdeɪ)

/ (əˈlæk) /

interjection

an archaic or poetic word for alas

Word Origin for alack

C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack
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