interjection Etymology: Middle English welaway, from Old English weilāwei, literally, woe! lo! woe!, alteration of wālāwā, from woe + lo + woe — more at woe Date: before 12th century archaic — used to express sorrow or lamentation

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  • wellaway — mid 13c., alteration (by influence of Scandinavian forms) of O.E. wa la wa, lit. woe, lo, woe! from wa woe (see WOE (Cf. woe)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • wellaway — [wel΄ədā′wel′ə wā′] interj. [ME wei la wei, lit., woe! lo! woe!: wei < ON vei, WOE + OE la, LO] Archaic alas: an exclamation of sorrow, regret, etc.: also welladay [wel΄ədā′] …   English World dictionary

  • wellaway — I. ˈwelə|wā interjection Etymology: Middle English welaway, weleaway, alteration (influenced by wel well and away) of weilawei, from Old English weilāwei, literally, woe! lo! woe!, alteration (influenced by Old Norse vei woe) of wālāwā, from wā… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wellaway — /wel euh way /, interj. Archaic. (used to express sorrow.) Also, welladay /wel euh day /. [bef. 900; ME we(i)lawei, OE weilawei (wei < Scand; cf. ON vei WOE), r. OE wa la wa woe! lo! woe!] * * * …   Universalium

  • wellaway — interjection /wɛləˈweɪ/ Expressing sadness, regret etc. Crying with pitteous voice, and countnance wan; / Ah well away, most noble Lords, how can / Your cruell eyes endure so pitteous sight [...]? Syn: welladay See Also: alas …   Wiktionary

  • wellaway — expression of sorrow or lamentation; alas Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • wellaway — well·a·way …   English syllables

  • wellaway — well•a•way [[t]ˈwɛl əˈweɪ[/t]] also well•a•day [[t] ˈdeɪ[/t]] interj. archaic (used to express sorrow.) • Etymology: bef. 900; ME we(i) lawei, OE weilāwei (wei < Scand; cf. ON vei woe), r. OE wā lā wā woe! lo! woe! …   From formal English to slang

  • wellaway — /wɛləˈweɪ/ (say weluh way) interjection Archaic (an exclamation of sorrow.) Also, welladay /wɛləˈdeɪ/ (say weluh day). {Middle English welawei; replacing Middle English and Old English weilāwei (wei from Old Norse vei woe); replacing Old English… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wal|y — wal|y1 «WAY lee, W », interjection. Scottish. an exclamation of sorrow. ╂[probably < Old English wā lā. Compare etym. under wellaway (Cf. ↑wellaway), woe. (Cf. ↑woe)] wal|y2 «WAY lee, WOL ee», adjective, noun, plural wal|ies. Scottish. wally …   Useful english dictionary

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