Simple Definition of skedaddle
: to leave a place very quickly
Examples of skedaddle
I've got to skedaddle or I'll be late.
<we skedaddled as soon as we saw the snake entering our campsite>
Origin of skedaddle
probably alteration of British dialect scaddle to run off in a fright, from scaddle, adjective, wild, timid, skittish, from Middle English scathel, skadylle harmful, fierce, wild, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skathi harm — more at scathe
First Known Use: 1860
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