- (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
"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.
An expression of shock overspread Lackaday's ingenuous features.
- archaic another word for alas
C17: from alack the day