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

  • interj. Used to express sorrow, regret, or alarm: "'Las and fearful alack—nobody can make such high claims for the people then living in Maine” ( John Gould).

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  • interj. An expression of sorrow or mourning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation expressive of sorrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation expressive of sorrow.

Etymologies

On the model of alas; see lack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The shepherd cried out, "Alas and alack!
    I'm lonely and taken aback.
    I'm tending these sheep
    Without a Bo Peep.
    The pay is okay but a lass is a lack."

    January 15, 2015

  • Alas, you do, indeed.

    December 13, 2007

  • Ihave alack ofspaces betweenwords.

    December 13, 2007

  • Often seen hanging around alas.

    December 12, 2007