skedaddle


ske·dad·dle

intransitive verb \ski-ˈda-dəl\

: to leave a place very quickly

ske·dad·dledske·dad·dling \-ˈdad-liŋ, -ˈda-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of SKEDADDLE

:  run away, scram; especially :  to flee in a panic
ske·dad·dler \-ˈdad-lər, -ˈda-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of SKEDADDLE

  1. I've got to skedaddle or I'll be late.
  2. <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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