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vamoose

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verb va·moose \və-ˈmüs, va-\

Definition of vamoose

vamoosedvamoosing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to depart quickly



Examples of vamoose in a sentence

  1. <it's getting late, so we had better vamoose>



Did You Know?

In the 1820s and '30s, the American Southwest was rough-and-tumble territory - the true Wild West. English-speaking cowboys, Texas Rangers, and gold prospectors regularly rubbed elbows with Spanish-speaking vaqueros in the local saloons, and a certain amount of linguistic intermixing was inevitable. One Spanish term that caught on with English speakers was vamos, which means "let's go." Cowpokes and dudes alike adopted the word, at first using a range of spellings and pronunciations that varied considerably in their proximity to the original Spanish form. But when the dust settled, the version most American English speakers were using was vamoose.

Origin of vamoose

Spanish vamos let us go, suppletive 1st plural imperative (from Latin vadere to go) of ir to go, from Latin ire — more at wade, issue


First Known Use: 1859


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