interjection Archaic.

(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)

Nearby words

  1. alabastos,
  2. alabastrine,
  3. alabastron,
  4. alabastrum,
  5. alacant,
  6. alacrima,
  7. alacrity,
  8. aladdin,
  9. aladdin's cave,
  10. aladdin's lamp

Also a·lack·a·day [uh-lak-uh-dey] /əˈlæk əˌdeɪ/.

Origin of alack

presumably ah + lack. Cf. aha, ahem, alas Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alack


alackaday (əˈlækəˌdeɪ)


an archaic or poetic word for alas

Word Origin for alack

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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