- (used to express sorrow.)
Also well·a·day [wel-uh-dey] /ˈwɛl əˈdeɪ/.
Origin of wellaway
before 900; Middle English we(i)lawei, Old English weilāwei (wei < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse vei woe), replacing Old English wā lā wā woe! lo! woe!
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- archaic woe! alas!
Word Origin for wellaway
Old English, from wei lā wei, variant of wā lā wā, literally: woe! lo woe
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mid-13c., alteration (by influence of Scandinavian forms) of Old English wa la wa, literally "woe, lo, woe!" from wa "woe" (see woe).
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