ske·​dad·​dle | \ski-ˈda-dᵊl \
skedaddled; skedaddling\ski-​ˈdad-​liŋ, -​ˈda-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of skedaddle 

intransitive verb

: run away, scram especially : to flee in a panic

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skedaddler \ski-​ˈdad-​lər, -​ˈda-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of skedaddle in a Sentence

I've got to skedaddle or I'll be late. we skedaddled as soon as we saw the snake entering our campsite

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After the car rolled backwards into the street, the two guys inside the car skedaddled. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Kids wanted to steal a Domino’s Pizza guy’s car. But they couldn’t drive it. | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018 His wife has skedaddled, but his nosy neighbor (the delightful Diana Bang) is eager to clean his house and enable his quest to track down the woman who was once almost his adoptive sister. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Suicidal Man Seeks Mystery Woman for ‘Entanglement’," 8 Feb. 2018 Terry caught a screen-pass on the left side, broke a few tackles and skedaddled 58 yard toward glory. Aaron Carter,, "Yusuf Terry, Isheem Young shine as Imhotep edges Northeast," 8 Sep. 2017 And then there was the laugh riot that ensued when running dog Mike Pence skedaddled out of an Indianapolis Colts game. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Donald Trump's Claim of "Merry Christmas" Promises a Holiday From Hell," 15 Oct. 2017 In my gas station scenario, each leading man had to convince customers to skedaddle before the robbery went down. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Mandatory co-op fuels the storytelling possibilities of new game A Way Out," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of skedaddle

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of skedaddle

: to leave a place very quickly

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