wellaway

interjection
wel·​la·​way | \ ˌwe-lə-ˈwā How to pronounce wellaway (audio) , ˈwe-lə-ˌwā \

Definition of wellaway

archaic
used to express sorrow or lamentation

First Known Use of wellaway

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wellaway

Middle English welaway, from Old English weilāwei, literally, woe! lo! woe!, alteration of wālāwā, from woe + lo + woe — more at woe

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The first known use of wellaway was before the 12th century

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“Wellaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellaway. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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