alack late 15c., from ah, lack, from LACK (Cf. lack) in Middle English sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.

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  • alack — alack; alack·a·day; …   English syllables

  • Alack — A*lack , interj. [Prob. from ah! lack! OE. lak loss, failure, misfortune. See {Lack}.] An exclamation expressive of sorrow. [Archaic. or Poet.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alack — [ə lak′] interj. [ A(H) + LACK] Archaic used to express regret, surprise, dismay, etc …   English World dictionary

  • alack — interjection An expression of sorrow or mourning. On a day (alack the day!) …   Wiktionary

  • alack — (also alack a day) exclamation archaic an expression of regret or dismay. Origin ME: prob. from ah + lack …   English new terms dictionary

  • ALACK — int. (also alack a day) archaic an expression of regret or surprise. Etymology: prob. f. AH + LACK …   Useful english dictionary

  • alack — interjection Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century used to express sorrow or regret …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alack — /euh lak /, interj. Archaic. (used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.) Also, alackaday /euh lak euh day /. [presumably AH + LACK. Cf. AHA, AHEM, ALAS] * * * …   Universalium

  • alack — expression of sorrow or regret Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • alack — interj. alas, exclamation expressing sorrow or concern …   English contemporary dictionary

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