- (used as an expression of regret, sorrow, dismay, or disapproval.)
Origin of lackaday
First recorded in 1685–95; alteration of alack the day
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Examples from the Web for lackaday
Lackaday, did you suppose I came to bring you news of your own wedding?A Bold Stroke for a Husband
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.
"You never know what a fool can do till you try him," said Lackaday.
Then, before the bewildered Lackaday could reply, she tossed his hand to the winds.
- archaic another word for alas
C17: from alack the day
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