Definition of alack in English:


Line breaks: alack
Pronunciation: /əˈlak
(also alack-a-day)


Used to express regret or dismay.
More example sentences
  • But, alas and alack… no willing extra hands around.
  • I'd like to celebrate some of the salient contributors to our durance and, alack, I'm sure to forget or miss mentioning some, and for that, I apologize in advance.
  • For, alas and alack, or some such, the carefully tuned brand new design that seemed perfectly acceptable on the old exhausted monitor looks really, really crummy on one that shows colour properly.


late Middle English: probably from ah + lack.

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