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

Learn More About wellaway

Time Traveler for wellaway

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near wellaway

well-appointed

wellaway

wellawins

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wellaway

Cite this Entry

“Wellaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellaway. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!