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wellaway

[wel-uh-wey]
interjection Archaic.
  1. (used to express sorrow.)
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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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British Dictionary definitions for welladay

wellaway

interjection
  1. archaic woe! alas!
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Word Origin

Old English, from wei lā wei, variant of wā lā wā, literally: woe! lo woe
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Word Origin and History for welladay

wellaway

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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