[ wel-uh-wey ]
/ ˈwɛl əˈweɪ /

interjection Archaic.

(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 wellaway

/ (ˈwɛləˈweɪ) /


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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