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skedaddle

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intransitive verb ske·dad·dle \ski-ˈda-dəl\

Simple Definition of skedaddle

  • : to leave a place very quickly

Full Definition of skedaddle

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

  1. :  run away, scram; especially :  to flee in a panic

ske·dad·dler play \-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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