Middle English welaway, from Old English weilāwei, literally, woe! lo! woe!, alteration of wālāwā, from wā woe + lā lo + wā woe — more at woe
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
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“Wellaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellaway. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.
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