Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Archaic Used to express regret or disapproval.

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  • interj. An expression of regret or grief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. Alack the day; alas; -- an expression of sorrow, regret, dissatisfaction, or surprise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation of sorrow or regret; alas! alas the day! Also lawka-day.

Etymologies

Alteration of alack the day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We missed the Willems portion lackaday but caught Yee and Lubar.

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  • But, as she once sang in a flop by Walter and Jean Kerr called Goldilocks (she blames them, too), "Heigh-ho, a-lackaday."

    Broadway's Golden Girls

  • My father, however, is a proud man, a gallant knight and tried soldier of the oldest blood, to whom this man's churlish birth and low descent ---- Oh, lackaday!

    The White Company

  • I have been living on in a thirtover, lackaday way, and have not seen what it may lead to!

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • My father, however, is a proud man, a gallant knight and tried soldier of the oldest blood, to whom this man's churlish birth and low descent -- -- Oh, lackaday!

    The White Company

  • See, lackaday! the lady of Dolberg's beautiful chamois skin that was to be dyed of a delicate green for her ladyship's slippers.

    The Young Emigrants; Madelaine Tube; the Boy and the Book; and Crystal Palace

  • [9] The Greek translates as ‘O me, o me, lackaday’.

    Letter 59

  • Alas and lackaday, they are not yet ready to distribute their best ale of the year and we didn't even get to play beer explorers.

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  • I am not sure how lackadaisical acquired the blundering sense of ` listless, languid, careless, apathetic, 'but there are echoes of such words as lax, laxity, lack, lassitude, and maybe lazy days that must have helped to oust the ` lackaday' of the original.

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  • "To declare that for _him_, lackaday! our thing's a pure Moretto -- and to declare as much, moreover, with all the weight of his authority, to

    The Outcry

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