AWOL

adjective or adverb, sometimes not capitalized
\ ˈā-ˌwȯl How to pronounce AWOL (audio) , ˌā-ˌdə-bəl-yu̇-ˌō-ˈel How to pronounce AWOL (audio) \

Definition of AWOL

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun, sometimes not capitalized

Definition of AWOL (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is AWOL

First Known Use of AWOL

Adjective or adverb

1891, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for AWOL

Adjective or adverb

absent without leave

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The first known use of AWOL was in 1891

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AWOL

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of AWOL

: absent from the armed forces without permission broadly : absent or missing
\ ˈā-ˌwȯl, ˈā-ˌdə-bəl-ˌyü-ˌō-ˈel\

Legal Definition of AWOL

absent without leave

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