interjection Archaic.

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

Origin of lackaday

First recorded in 1685–95; alteration of alack the day Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lackaday

Historical Examples of lackaday

  • Lackaday, did you suppose I came to bring you news of your own wedding?

  • 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.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

  • Then, before the bewildered Lackaday could reply, she tossed his hand to the winds.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

  • An expression of shock overspread Lackaday's ingenuous features.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for lackaday



archaic another word for alas

Word Origin for lackaday

C17: from alack the day
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