from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Archaic Variant of wellaway.
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- interj. variant form of wellaway; Alas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. Alas! Welaway!
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An altered form of wellaway, simulating day—the present time, either as the witness or the cause of distress, being often brought into ejaculations of this kind. See wellaway.
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But now, welladay, I am deprived of those who took delight in me, because I have slaves instead of friends as my companions; I am robbed of my once delightful intercourse with them, because I discern no vestige of goodwill towards me in their looks.
Goes she now with a plain wastcoat! alas and welladay! doth her feathers begin to hang thus!
P: And morning found those who had coveted his place but yesterday crying: Ah, welladay!
“Ah, welladay, do what we can for him,” said Trim, maintaining his point, “the poor soul will die.”
"Ah, welladay, do what we can for him," said Trim, maintaining his point, "the poor soul will die."
"Ah, welladay!" that sexton gray unto himself did cry,
_ Welladay, welladay! one of my daughters is big with bastard, and she laid at her gascoins most unmercifully! every stripe she had,
"There are those who would teach you for the love of it-welladay, you've made up your mind.
"Friends," he said, "now I know why you go so sadly, welladay!