- (used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Also a·lack·a·day [uh-lak-uh-dey] /əˈlæk əˌdeɪ/.
Origin of alack
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Examples from the Web for alackaday
- an archaic or poetic word for alas
C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack
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Word Origin and History for alackaday
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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