AWOL

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adjective or adverb

sometimes not capitalized
: absent without leave
broadly : absent often without notice or permission
the place looked as if its caretaker had been AWOL for some time Daniel Ford

AWOL

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noun

sometimes not capitalized
: a person who is AWOL

Examples of AWOL in a Sentence

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Noun
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Word History

Etymology

Adjective or adverb

absent without leave

First Known Use

Adjective Or Adverb

1891, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of AWOL was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“AWOL.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/AWOL. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

AWOL

noun
ˈā-ˌwȯl,
ˌā-ˌdəb-əl-yu̇-ˌō-ˈel
: a person who is absent without permission
AWOL adverb or adjective
Etymology

Noun

absent without leave

Legal Definition

AWOL

abbreviation
ˈā-ˌwȯl, ˈā-ˌdə-bəl-ˌyü-ˌō-ˈel
absent without leave
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