Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adverb, Interjection
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
I. adv. Woe, ill Ða mé grame wǽron and mé wá dydon (cf. Goth. wai-dédja), Ps. Th. 118, 38. 1. with dat. of person Ðé byþ ǽfre wá it shall be ever ill with thee, Nicod. 26; Thw. 14, 12: Beo. Th. 369; B. 183: Exon. Th, 444, 25; Kl. 52: Blickl. Homl. 61, 2. Him biþ æt heortan wá, Salm. Kmbl. 210; Sal. 104. Him wæs ǽghwǽr wá, Cd. Th. 285, 24; Sat. 342. Bið ðam men full wá, 40, 5; Gen. 634. Hí ne mihton ásecgan, hú wá ðám sáwlum byð, Wulfst. 147, 17. Ðæt him nǽfre ǽr nǽre swá wá swá him ðá wæs, 235, 19. Ne weorðe ðé nǽfre tó ðæs wá, ðæt ðú ne wéne betran andergilde, Prov. Kmbl. 41. 2. with gen. of the source of ill Wæs gehwæþeres waa, Met. 1, 25. 3. with dat. of person, and a. gen. of source Ðæm folce wæs ǽgþres waa, ge ðæt..., ge eác ðæt..., Ors, 3, 7; Swt. 114, 31. Him wæs gehwæðres wá, ge .. . ge..., Elen. Kmbl. 1253; El. 628. b. with a clause Him bið wá on his móde, ðæt gé swá ánrǽde beód, Homl. Skt. i. 17, 167. Ðá wæs ðam deófle waa on his móde, ðæt se man sceolde ða myrhðe geearnian, Hexam, 17; Norm. 24, 22. II. interject. 1. woe, alas; vae, a. with dat. of person: Wá (wǽ, Lind. Rush.) ðam menn uae homini illi, Mk. Skt. 14, 21. Wá eów ðe hlihaþ, Blickl. Homl. 25, 22. Wá mé forworhtum, Exon. Th. 280, 20; Jul. 632. Waa ieów welegum, Past. 26; Swt. 181, 23. b. with dat. of person and α. gen. of cause of ill Wá ðæs gestreónes ðam ðe his mǽst hafaþ, Wulfst. 45, 19. Wá heom ðæs wærscipes, 268, 19: Hy. 2, 6; Exon. Th. 393, 11; Rä. 12, 8. Wá mé (heu mihi ) ðære wyrde, Ps. Th. 119, 5. β. with preposition Wá mánfullan (ve impio ) for his misdǽdan, Wulfst. 45, 15. Wá (wǽ, Lind.) ðysum middangearde þurh swicdómas vae mundo a scandalis, Mt. Kmbl. 18, 7. ¶ 1. well-a-way, well-a-day (Laym. wa la wa: A. R. O. and N. wo la wo: Chauc. wai la wai) Wá lá! áhte ic mínra handa geweald, Cd. Th. 23, 32; Gen. 368. Wá lá ðære yrmðe and wá lá ðære woruldscame, Wulfst. 163, 3. Wá ús lá, Blickl. Homl. 153, 26. Wá lá wá eheu, Wrt. Voc. ii. 32, 44. Wá lá wá hú ic greów..., wá lá on hú micelre genihtsumnysse ic hwílum wæs, Homl. Skt. ii. 30, 189-193. Wá lá wá ðæt is sárlíc heu, pros dolor! Bd. 2, 1; S. 501, 14. Wá lá wá ðæt ða ungesǽligan menn ne magon gebídon hwonne hé him tó cóme, Bt. 39, 1; Fox 212, 1. 2. expressing anger or contempt, ah; vah Wá lá wá euge, euge, Ps. Lamb. 39, 16. Wá ðæt ðes tówyrpð Godes tempel, Mt. Kmbl. 27, 40. Wá lá (wǽ, Lind. Rush.) se tówyrpð ðæt tempel va qui destruit templum, Mk. Skt. 15, 29. [Goth. wai vae: O. Sax. O. H. Ger. wé: Icel. vei.] v. wei ; wáwa, weá.
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