alew

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Imitative. Compare halloo.

Noun[edit]

alew (plural alews)

  1. (obsolete, rare) A cry of despair.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.6:
      Yet did she not lament with loude alew, / As women wont, but with deepe sighes and singults few.