wellaway [wel-uh-wey] Word Origin interjection Archaic.
- (used to express sorrow.)
Also well·a·day [wel-uh-dey] /ˈwɛl əˈdeɪ/. Origin of wellaway before 900; Middle English we(i)lawei, Old English weilāwei (wei Scandinavian; compare Old Norse vei woe), replacing Old English wā lā wā woe! lo! woe! British Dictionary definitions for welladay wellaway interjection
- archaic woe! alas!
Word Origin for wellaway Old English, from wei lā wei, variant of wā lā wā, literally: woe! lo woe Word Origin and History for welladay wellaway
mid-13c., alteration (by influence of Scandinavian forms) of Old English wa la wa, literally “woe, lo, woe!” from wa “woe” (see woe).