American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express woe or distress.
- n. A lamentation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation expressive of grief or sorrow, equivalent to alas.
- n. Woe; misery.
- interj. archaic Expressing sadness, regret etc.
- Old English weġ lā weġ, alteration of wā lā wā, with substitution of Old Norse vei for Old English wā. Compare wellawo, weila. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, alteration (influenced by well, well and awai, away) of Old English weilāwei, alteration (influenced by Old Scandinavian *wei, woe) of wā lā wā : wā, woe; see woe + lā, lo; see lo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But if Icould have given him advice ten years ago, I would have said: Stay wellaway from Nottingham.”
“Netzia, Neserea The golden sheen of the wood panels set between the ancient built-in bookcases, also of golden oak, glistens in the light from the half-score manteled lamps set in bronze free-standing sconces, wellaway from wood and books.”
“Ah, wellaway for such a lovely one with this hideous Quasimodo!”
“But, wellaway! all was in vain; my nee'le is never the near.”
“Alas, alack and wellaway for blamer's calumny! viii.”
“Alas, alack and wellaway for blamer’s calumny! viii.”
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